Overview

Nick is a partner is the firm's energy, power and utilities team. He heads Burges Salmon's resource and waste management team. He advises funders, developers, local authorities, waste contractors, fuel suppliers, large energy users and energy generators on a range of projects, contractual arrangements and regulatory issues in the waste and energy sector.

Nick's expertise includes:

  • biomass, anaerobic digestion and waste to energy projects including advanced thermal treatment technologies
  • waste and fuel supply agreements
  • local authority waste collection and disposal
  • waste sector regulatory advice
  • leading on due diligence for waste/energy sector acquisitions
  • energy sector regulatory advice: RO, FIT, CFD, RHI, energy licensing and Electricity Market Reform
  • offtake agreements including power purchase agreements, direct PPA structures, heat supply agreements, private wire, digestate management
  • energy trading and energy supply agreements.

Nick regularly contributes to sector publications and often speaks at waste and energy sector events including EfW London in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Burges Salmon is a member of the Renewable Energy Association, the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association and the Chartered Institute of Waste Management.

Experience
  • Advising Isle of Wight Council on the procurement and funding of a 25 year integrated waste collection, treatment and disposal contract and advising Devon County Council on Devon County Council on the procurement of the £65 million Exeter City EfW.
  • Advising the senior lender on commissioning and fuel supply issues associated with a UK based waste wood biomass CHP plant.
  • Advising Estover Energy on the development of three biomass CHP projects and associated heat and power offtakes: Speyside (15MWe), Cramlington (30MWe) and Kent (28MWe). Each project will provide heat and/or electricity over a private network to neighbouring energy users as well as exporting to the grid.
  • Leading the due diligence team for a European developer seeking to acquire two UK brownfield waste to energy gasification projects.
  • Advising Marks and Spencer plc on a wide range of energy issues, including: negotiating and advising on its long term 100% renewable electricity supply contracts for all stores in Great Britain, the acquisition of green gas certificates, deployment of the M&S Energy branded domestic energy supply, its award winning direct PPA/sleeving arrangements.

What others say...

Nick Churchward is well known for waste-to-energy and anaerobic digestion projects. Commentators say he is 'very responsive and can normally just answer a question off the cuff as he is so knowledgeable in the space'.
Chambers UK 2015