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Ben Brown, Principal Associate

Ben Brown

Principal Associate

Principal Associate (New Zealand)

Languages

Spanish (Basic)

Practice areas

  • Commercial agreements
  • Corporate
  • Energy and infrastructure

Practice notes

Ben is a Principal Associate specialising exclusively in energy, predominantly clean and renewable energy generation, nuclear power, battery storage, and renewable transport fuels.

He works on offtake & subsidy regimes, regulatory matters, grid and other commercial aspects of energy projects (in the UK and internationally). He has supported in the development, acquisition, disposal and financing of numerous energy projects, across a range of technologies (including nuclear, on/offshore wind and floating wind, rooftop/ground based solar PV, battery storage, geothermal, CHP, CCGT, biomass and AD/ACT), acting for a range of developers, funds, banks, financial institutions, energy services providers, and large electricity end users.

His experience includes advising on:

  • power purchase agreements (including corporate PPAs) and trading arrangements
  • grid connections (including shared connections, and offshore transmission)
  • renewables support regimes (such as contracts for difference (CfDs), renewables obligation (RO), feed-in tariffs (FITs), net metering, and renewable heat incentives (RHI))
  • disputes and audits with the regulator (Ofgem)
  • supplier obligations (including under FIT, RO, ECO, WDH, Green Deal, Supply License Conditions, etc)
  • electricity act licensing and exemptions
  • electricity charging and balancing regimes (eg, BSC), and disputes relating to charging, as well as advising on innovative charging arrangements/changes
  • ancillary and balancing services (such as capacity market (CM), frequency response (FFR), short term operating reserve (STOR), dymanic containment (DC), and other reserve services)
  • nuclear regulations (including nuclear liability channelling, site licensing, and radioactive waste management and transport regulations)
  • battery regulations (eg, end of life liabilities for collection and recycling)
  • battery optimisation services contracts, and associated trading arrangements, with most of the major optimisers/aggregators
  • flexible energy supply arrangements (including sleeving)
  • connection and supply arrangements for high demand users (including many prominent datacentre providers)
  • other commercial, licensing, license exemptions and regulatory matters

Ben has also worked on a number of international independent power plant (IPP) projects, acting for sponsors, developers, utilities and governments, including advising on any applicable tariffs/subsidy schemes for renewables, regulatory issues, and the completion of power purchase agreements and concession agreements.

He has assisted in setting up other emerging structures such as corporate PPAs (including net metering, wheeling, sleeving, virtual and private wire arrangements), both in the UK and internationally.

He has worked on projects and on renewable programmes in many jurisdictions including:

  • in Europe: the UK, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, France, Poland, the Netherlands, and Lithuania
  • in the Middle East and North Africa: Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, Pakistan, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Oman
  • in the Far East: the Philippines, Bangladesh, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand
  • in Latin America: Brazil, St Kitts and Nevis, Colombia, and Chile
  • in Africa: Madagascar, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Ghana, Cameroon, St Helena, Tanzania, and Senegal