Breyer Case Review


The recent decision of the Hon. Mr Justice Coulson in the case of Breyer Group plc & Others v Department of Energy and Climate Change (2014) EWHC 2257 (QB), will no doubt make interesting reading for policy makers and regulators on the island of Ireland and across the EU.

Electricity markets in the EU are, in a state of flux, due to fundamental changes in market dynamics caused by the increasing penetration of renewable generating technologies, as well as changes to market rules that are necessary in order to implement the EU's Target Model for the energy sector. On the island of Ireland, the drive to establish full compliance with the Target Model has led to the commencement of a process under which the jurisdictional energy regulators are re-designing the SEM wholesale electricity market in time to meet a 31 December 2016 deadline. While the re-design is occurring primarily in order to facilitate the "coupling" of electricity prices between the SEM and its neighbouring regions (and hence the "Integrated SEM" - or "I-SEM" - working title), it is likely to have significant knock-on effects across the web of contracts that supports trading and payment in the Irish electricity sector, including contracts that are the...

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