The growth in energy services, be it electricity, heat, water, electric vehicles (EV) or energy efficiency has been dramatic and will continue apace. With businesses facing pressure on energy costs, carbon reductions and energy efficiency, there is an increasing desire to manage their energy supply, outsource services and/or explore on-site energy generation.

Generators – and suppliers themselves – face grid constraints and concern over secure revenues for energy production. As a result, the generation of on-site energy (both heat and electricity) is becoming an increasingly attractive prospect.

Our lawyers are at the cutting edge of energy efficiency, EV roll out and financing on-site supply projects and energy service companies (ESCOs).

With expert knowledge of the sector – and the commercial needs of our clients – we are renowned for our innovative approach to ESCOs, working with developers, new licenced suppliers, local authorities and community groups. Our lawyers really understand the regulatory complications involved in this area and are able to solve complex issues for our clients.

Areas of focus

Our on-site supply, energy services and ESCO expertise includes the following:

  • Corporate/private wire PPAs.
  • Heat offtakes and networks.
  • Supply licensing and exemptions.
  • Sharing and trading of grid infrastructure and upgrades.
  • Formation of ESCOs.
  • Rollout of EVs and charging infrastructure.
  • Vehicle to grid trials.
  • Fuel supply.
  • Energy efficiency.
  • Energy performance contracts.
  • Supply chain contracting.
  • Carbon law and reporting.
  • Establishing dedicated new supply entities.
  • Local distribution models and third party access. 

Advising Estover Energy on the Speyside and Cramlington biomass CHP plants providing heat and electricity to adjacent industrial facilities.

Advising Icon Infrastructure on the 19MW Beckton biomass plant providing heat to the National Grid and electricity to Thames Water.

Advising Octopus on the provision of EVs to Heathrow Airport chauffeur service.

Advising O-Gen on the development of a heat and electricity supply to an adjacent industrial premises for a waste wood biomass plant in Plymouth.

Advising an ESCO provider on the roll out of biomass boilers and dedicated heat supply contracts to a variety of holiday sites.

Advising Bristol City Council in its innovative 'City Leap', encompassing, among other things, local electricity, heat and EV charging to constituents.

Advising St Modwen on the Dursley housing estate ESCO proposals.

Advising East Devon on the Cranbrook Estate and community heating issues associated with the major redevelopment.

Advising Bath and North East Somerset on the roll out of solar PV on school rooftops.

Advising Marks and Spencer plc on the 6MW Castle Donnington rooftop solar project supplying heat to the premises.

Advising Volac CHP on its CHP plant and supplying heat and power to the adjacent Volac dairy facility.

Advising EGS Energy on its first of a kind geothermal project supplying heat and electricity to the adjacent Eden project.

Advising Lombard North Central Plc on a sale and lease back of the CHP project and associated energy centre equipment and in mixed used development near Kings Cross.

Advising Lumicity on a variety of on-site generation technologies supplying heat and electricity to the agriculture sector and particularly poultry farming buildings.

Advising Kew Gardens on ESCO arrangements and the establishment of an on-site generation facility for various specific facilities.

Advising major corporates on signing up to energy performance contracts both in the context of major, wider FM outsourcings or through dedicated arrangements.

Meet the team
Ross Fairley

Ross Fairley Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Head of Renewable Energy
  • Environment
Nick Churchward

Nick Churchward Partner

  • Head of Resource and Waste Management
  • Projects
  • Energy and Utilities
Lloyd James

Lloyd James Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Energy and Utilities 
  • Infrastructure
Camilla Usher-Clark

Camilla Usher-Clark Partner

  • Corporate
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Co-operatives
Victoria Allsopp

Victoria Allsopp Partner

  • Banking and Finance
  • Renewables
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Dunn Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
James Phillips

James Phillips Partner

  • Head of Energy & Utilities
  • Head of Energy Transition
  • Energy Regulation
Euan Bremner

Euan Bremner Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Head of Scottish Real Estate
  • Head of Northern Irish Real Estate
Will Woodall

Will Woodall Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Healthcare
Jonathan Eves

Jonathan Eves Partner

  • Corporate
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
Michael Barlow

Michael Barlow Partner

  • Head of Environment
  • Head of Water
  • Head of ESG

What others say...

The team is made up of seasoned professionals with the experience and agility to deal with complex matters.

Chambers UK 2024

Burges Salmon careers

We work hard to make sure Burges Salmon is a great place to work.
Find out more