Corporate Power Purchase Agreements Webinar

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Title: Green Steves: Corporate Power Purchase Agreements
Date: Wednesday 8th June 2022
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Chairperson: Radhika Devesher
Speakers: Steve Gummer, Steve Cirell and James Rooke

Local authorities are large energy users too and will not escape the rampant energy inflation currently gripping the country. This will make their quest for a Net Zero Carbon position even more difficult as they try to make budgets balance. It may also mean that taking the source of their energy supply into their own hands is as much a financial imperative as a social and environmental one.

The majority of local authorities are, however, missing a trick when it comes to the procurement of renewable energy. In the corporate space there is a growing trend of corporate power purchase agreements. A corporate Power Purchase Agreement is a long-term contract under which a business agrees to purchase electricity directly from an energy generator. This differs from the traditional approach of simply buying electricity from licensed electricity suppliers.

The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the implementation of corporate power purchase agreements for the public sector.

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Steve Gummer

Steve Gummer

Steve G is a Partner at Sharpe Pritchard and has worked on renewable energy projects from carbon credits, emissions trading, renewable generation, electric vehicles and transmission and all of the legal issues that accompany. He is an expert in public law and matters of subsidy control and private financing for public projects.

Steve Cirell

Steve Cirell

Steve C has worked in house in the public sector (latterly in a senior position), was an equity partner and in charge of local government work with an international law firm for 20 years and has written 18 books on various aspects of public law. He has advised across renewable projects mainly for local and public authorities.

Radhika Devesher

Radhika Devesher

Radhika is a Senior Associate at Sharpe Pritchard specialising in contracts and procurement. She has over 10 years’ experience working in-house with a local authority, therefore has a thorough understanding of challenges being faced in-house. She now advises central and local authority and “blue light” clients across a range of sectors including major infrastructure projects, waste, academies and leisure. She has a keen interest in making the legal world a “greener” place by ensuring green considerations are covered in all client projects where possible.

James Rooke

James Rooke

James is an established sustainability professional and has held a number of director roles in both consulting and client side capacities, most recently at the city of London managing the net zero buildings programme. He recently negotiated the UK first public sector corporate offtaker PPA and the rejuvenation of the citigen district heating contract. He currently leads Cognizants UK sustainability business.

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