This paper was originally presented at a seminar in Chambers in May 2005.
“For many the Energy Act 2004 was a disappointment; an example of patchy, piecemeal, legislation rather than the all-embracing energy framework they had hoped for. During its passage through Parliament the comment was made in the Lords that a more appropriate title would be the “Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill”. Renewables, though, are one of the Act’s three main themes and dealt with in some detail. Certainly its impact on the offshore wind, wave and tidal renewables industries, and wind in particular, is undeniable…”