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Energy is essential to modern life, but with the political pressure to keep prices low on the one hand, and sensitivity to impacts on people and the environment on the other, the provision of new capacity (and the replacement of existing capacity) is increasingly political and problematic.

Our energy team understands the problems and has been successful in unlocking some of the problems. With our linked disciplines we cover energy projects from start to finish, with a specialism in renewables including wind, solar and hydropower, as well as conventional energy production and transmission. Unlike our larger competitors, where elements of projects tend to be managed by individual discipline, we assign a dedicated project manager to each energy project, to ensure that all elements required, whether from our colleagues within Aaron & Partners or from your consultants, are coordinated, delivered on time and to the necessary standard.

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Planning & Environmental

We advise on projects ranging from the largest Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects to landowner initiated micro hydro schemes: see our Planning and Environmental pages.

Regulation & Lobbying

New regulation appears almost daily, as any operator will know. As well as providing advice on it, at one end we have successfully assisted clients in lobbying Parliament to amend proposed legislation, and at the other to remedy the incorrect application of it in for example Ofgem accreditation.

Company Creation and Structuring, Contracts and Financing

We are experienced in providing these services to energy and energy related companies, to the exacting timescales required: see our Corporate pages.

Land and Access Rights

Site assembly is often particularly critical and complex in energy schemes and so working closely with dedicated members of our Real Estate team we apply our knowledge to ensure developers get what they need and landowners get the right deal.

Grid Connections

We advise on grid connection issues, related planning, regulatory and accreditation issues, and wayleaves and substation leases and sharing arrangements.

Power Purchase Agreements

PPAs are a necessary part of most larger scale energy developments, and we are experienced in providing advice on them.

Judicial review and statutory challenges

Energy projects  are often subject to challenge through judicial review and similar  statutory challenges. Such challenges  are time constrained and exacting, whichever side of the argument you are on. That means our clients need the most capable advice, and promptly. We are involved at the forefront of this developing area of the law and so perfectly placed to assist.

David Harries

David Harries

Partner | Head of Planning, Environmental, Energy and Regulatory

Under David’s leadership, Aaron & Partners’ energy practice has established itself as one of the leading niche players in the industry, with a reputation for high levels of expertise and an exceptionally cost-effective service.

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