It is an exciting time to be involved in renewable energy. Once considered the alternative energy sector, it has become a genuine mainstream power source. Up to 90 per cent of government targets for reducing CO2 emissions across Europe, for example, is expected to be met by 2050 through its deployment. Yet, deployment can only be achieved if development phases culminate in the legal right to build or consent.
In markets where the onus is on developers to secure consent, development has become increasingly overburdened by stringent regulatory and legal challenges governing the planning process. Like any other officially sanctioned procedure, the planning process requires considerable investment in public and private resources. Critically, investing time and money in project development is not a guarantee to consent success; without which reaching Financial Investment Decision (“FiD”), securing Power Purchase Agreements (“PPAs”), and procuring supply-chain contracts are impossible. RCG specialises in de-risking development to ensure clients achieve their development objectives.
Every country has its own approach to consenting renewables, yet all share a common goal to evolve legislation, policies and planning priorities to meet dynamic market forces, climate change legalities, energy securities and demands. Whatever the challenge, RCG understands the need for governments to ensure any evolution must remain transparent and above all proportionate. Our team of industry experts can negotiate and advise on the uncertainties that remain hidden from view to ensure clients implement a robust route to consent success.
Development in renewables is a costly process and one requiring engineering, environmental, commercial and legal teams to collaborate effectively to achieving a common goal. We have managed every aspect of the development journey as a developer and consultant, and so we appreciate the needs of the board member, project director or team leader.
RCG has procured, managed and advised on all the necessary studies and surveys needed to undertake development including Front-End Engineering Design (“FEED”) work, site selection, scoping and EIA, consultation, examination and expert witness support. More specifically, we can provide the following areas of expertise:
- Environmental and Permitting
- Development Services
- Advocacy and commercial services
- Expert witness services