Happy New Year - our first newsletter of 2021! Throughout this year we will continue to bring you news and developments relating to the charities sector.
We help a range of charities navigate the often tricky issues involved in saving, buying and producing energy; whether you are a church wanting to lease your airspace to a solar energy provider, a community starting your own energy co-operative or a multinational charity requiring energy performance contracting (EPC) arrangements to save energy, we can help you
We are experts in energy and sustainable technology law for charities and present issues clearly so that board members and trustees are able to engage with the issues rapidly and confidently. We also take a wider view, to ensure that all the implications of energy-related activity are covered, such as the regulatory aspects of trading in a charity and the liability of trustees in unincorporated charities.
We have advised central government, through the energy saving trust, on the different funding models for retrofit so have a unique insight into the operation of the various models. Installing external or internal wall insulation, voltage optimisers, battery units etc. and funding these improvements through the savings from utility bills on a guaranteed basis can be a complex but ultimately rewarding way of investing in your premises.
We also have considerable expertise in understanding the different funding regimes for retrofit works and their impact on subsidies. We have advised on multi-million-pound schemes subsidised through CESP (Community Energy Savings Programme) in the early 2000s, then ECO 1 and 2, renewable heat incentive payments and also funding through ERDF priority axis 4 – promoting the shift to a low carbon economy. Understanding the funding regimes and compliance is key to a successful project.
Whilst energy might seem inconsequential to small or large charities, the obligation to use charitable assets prudently applies across the sector and energy savings bring not only reduced operating costs but could also be an opportunity for you to find funding streams to invest in your assets, enhancing the effectiveness with which you achieve your charity’s objectives.
If you need legal support navigating the tricky world of saving, producing or buying energy contact us, as we are ideally placed to help you.
Our previous round-up began by sharing the news that two vaccines had shown very promising test results. Here we are, not even a month later, and the first vaccines have already been administered!
Finally, there is a glimmer of hope that perhaps the Covid-19 pandemic could be reaching its end.
Last week, England entered another period of lockdown which will last until at least 2 December.
It has been another difficult few weeks for many of us, especially those who find themselves under tier 3 restrictions.
Charity Financials, the financial information program from Wilmington Charities, has published its latest Income Monitor report.
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
The Court has confirmed that a party cannot withhold its consent in order to re-write the original bargain.
Catch up with all the latest charity updates in this fortnight’s news roundup
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