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Heat Networks - navigating the legal issues

21 October 2019

The establishment of £320M Heat Networks Investment Project by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy demonstrates the government’s enthusiasm for developing a sustainable heat network market to increase energy efficiency and deliver carbon savings.  Public and private bodies throughout the country are exploring their options for developing new networks and expanding existing networks, both with and without central government support. 

This webinar brings together leading district heating experts Tom Bainbridge (Lux Nova) and Alex Kynoch (Browne Jacobson) to explore common legal issues in funding, delivering and operating district heating networks and share practical solutions to those issues. We will also discuss the HNIP and how to apply for funding. The availability of HNIP funding has seen a surge in interest in district heating projects so Tom and Alex regularly collaborate advising public and private sector bodies involved in these projects. 

The topics covered include:

• HNIP – overview of structure, eligibility and types of funding available
• Project structuring to access funding
• Template heat contracts developed by Lux Nova to support HNIP and the role of these documents in the market 
• Public procurement and vires hurdles for Local authorities involved in DH 
• State aid issues on publicly funded or managed projects 
• State aid process in HNIP 
• BREXIT and State aid

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Our speakers

Alex Kynoch

Alex Kynoch

Legal Director

Alex leads our subsidy control team and is recognised as a leading expert in this complex field. He also specialises in procurement and public sector clean energy and regeneration projects. Clients appreciate his ability to translate complex legal issues into pragmatic and clear advice.

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Tom-Bainbridge

Tom Bainbridge

Founding partner at Lux Nova

Tom has worked as a lawyer in the environmental and clean energy space for over 19 years. He has worked on numerous decentralised energy and district heating projects and related instructions over many years, including some of the largest district heating schemes in the UK.

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