Energy efficiency is a complex and highly-political area. Businesses need specialist advice on the relevant legislation, contractual documents, statutory guidance and requirements from the independent regulators, Ofgem and the OFT. They also need advisers who are up-to-date with the changing political landscape. We have been active in this area of law since 2009, providing unrivalled energy efficiency advice to a wide range of organisations. Our lawyers have expert knowledge of energy efficiency policy and regulation and provide clear, effective solutions to our clients. We have particular expertise in the Green Deal, ECO, Energy Performance Contracts and Energy Performance Certificates.

We currently provide energy efficiency advice to DECC, Ofgem and a number of private sector organisations. Our expert lawyers help clients to understand their obligations and implement simple and practical systems to ensure compliance.

Areas of focus

Our energy efficiency advice includes the following:

  • Structuring, developing and implementing contracts between assessors, installers and providers of energy efficiency measures.
  • Advising on ECO bi-lateral contracts both on and off brokerage.
  • Advising on alternative financing of Green Deal measures.
  • Advising on ESCO structures.

Advising DECC on the drafting of the contractual documents governing the use of the ECO Brokerage.

Advising a number of Green Deal providers in relation to bi-lateral ECO contracts with energy suppliers.

Advising Ofgem on its obligations under the ECO Order.

Drafting a number of contractual agreements for Green Deal providers and other providers of energy efficiency measures including with installers and assessors.

Drafting agreements between energy efficiency providers (including Green Deal providers) and consumers.

Providing legal opinions to a number of Green Deal providers to support their "on-boarding" process with the Green Deal Finance Company.

Providing regulatory advice for a number of clients including advice under the Green Deal legislation and guidance, ECO legislation and guidance and the Consumer Credit Act.

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Michael Barlow

Michael Barlow Partner

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