Category: Energy

5 lessons from the demise of Labour’s £28bn Green Prosperity Plan  

After months of speculation, Keir Starmer has confirmed that Labour has dropped its commitment to spend £28 billion per year on its Green Prosperity Plan. Labour blamed the decision on the deterioration in the public finances under the Conservatives and attempted to fend off criticism by reaffirming other elements of its net zero policy, including the […]
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09 Feb, 2024

Revitalising the EU electricity market design: Evolution, not revolution

The war in Ukraine has triggered major policy changes. It has reshuffled the EU’s priorities and led to Europe rethinking its approach to energy and climate issues. The European Green Deal has become not only a strategy for achieving climate reduction targets but also a tool for ensuring energy security, strategic autonomy and boosting resilience […]
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06 Mar, 2023

2023 infrastructure policy and regulation outlook

Overview Following a year of crisis-fuelled focus on resilience, especially in the energy and water sectors, 2023 will raise an even more difficult question – how do you fund investment in long-term resilience during a period of economic uncertainty? Government budgets are under pressure, and the continuing cost-of-living crisis means there is limited scope to […]
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16 Feb, 2023

Energy independence: Achievable, or even desirable?

As the immediate energy crisis begins to abate, policymakers are focusing on how to avoid the next one. Rishi Sunak’s Government is focused on achieving energy independence by the 2040s – with a new Department for Energy Security and Net Zero set to lead the charge. Flint’s energy team looks at whether energy independence is […]
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08 Feb, 2023

Flint Briefing Call: Crisis over, or crisis just begun: where next for the energy market?

Flint Partner Josh Buckland is joined by Flint experts Mary Starks former Executive Director for Consumers and Markets at the UK energy regulator Ofgem, Gregor Kreuzhuber, former advisor to two EU Commissioners and Francois-Joseph Schichan, former diplomat and political adviser to various French Ambassadors to discuss where next for the energy market. You can also download this episode here.
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02 Feb, 2023

Reshuffled MidCat pipeline puts sustainability first - at the cost of energy independence?

From MidCat to H2Med One of the biggest challenges for Europe to replace Russian gas is to get gas and hydrogen from southern to central Europe. When pressure from Berlin and Madrid at the height of the energy crisis brought the MidCat pipeline back into the spotlight after years at the back of the drawer, […]
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12 Dec, 2022

An EU gas price cap in name only?

On 22 November, after months of discussions, and much pressure exerted by EU countries, the European Commission released its proposal for a gas price cap, entitled “Regulation establishing a market correction mechanism to protect citizens and the economy against excessively high prices”. But was it worth the wait? The proposal’s price cap per megawatt-hour is […]
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08 Dec, 2022

A harmonised EU energy market – an illusion?

Key Points: Is Europe shifting its approach toward energy policies? Last week, EU energy ministers approved new emergency measures to curb record-high energy prices and mitigate against the impact on citizens and particularly vulnerable households. The new measures focus on three key areas: The European Commission has been keen not to repeat mistakes made this […]
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07 Nov, 2022

MidCat pipeline row puts European solidarity to the test

The same old fight The issue of energy interconnection is not new. As timely as it seems to have become following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, talks around the need to accelerate progress towards an Energy Union have been around for over a decade. In 2002, the European Commission recommended that Member States increase interconnections to a […]
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05 Oct, 2022

REMA: Just rearranging the furniture, or rebuilding the whole house? 

Why now?  At a first glance, the Government’s Review of Electricity Market Arrangements (REMA) might look like a technical exercise, only of interest to energy geeks. However, once you dig under the surface, it becomes clear that the process could ultimately lead to the most significant set of reforms to the way we run the […]
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29 Jul, 2022

EU’s winter energy plans: European unity tested

Key Points: Europe is facing the worst energy crisis in its history, affecting the entire European economy and beyond. According to the latest predictions, if Russia completely cuts off gas supplies in the coming months, the EU's GDP could shrink by 1.5%. These economic disruptions could have far-reaching political consequences for EU Member States, both […]
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29 Jul, 2022

British Energy Security Strategy: Homegrown clean power, but at what cost?

This blog was written in partnership with LCP. Key takeaways  The Government’s new ‘British Energy Security Strategy’ is positioned as a direct response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, arguing that by expanding homegrown power sources, the UK can reduce its exposure to volatile international fossil fuel markets.   At the heart of the strategy is […]
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14 Apr, 2022
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