James Shepherd#4126

James Shepherd

James is a Senior Associate in the Renewables Group at Clifford Chance in London. His practice focuses on advising lenders, investors and sponsors on renewable energy projects and transactions. He also has extensive experience advising on other energy sector issues including emissions trading, the distribution and transmission of electricity (including offshore) and the unbundling rules. He joined Clifford Chance in January 2012, before which he spent 3.5 years at Ashurst in Sydney.

Contributed to


Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) (non-domestic)—key features
Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) (non-domestic)—key features
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides a detailed overview of the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). It includes an overview of the non-domestic RHI eligibility requirements, application process and ongoing obligations. It also includes a summary of the substantive changes that were implemented by the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2018 and the further changes introduced by the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2018. This includes coverage of the ‘tariff guarantees’, updated power efficiency requirements, biomethane commissioning, and new forms of excluded heat use. The note concludes with an explanation of the interface between the RHI and Feed-in Tariffs (FiT), the RHI and the Renewables Obligation (RO), the RHI and the Contracts for Difference (CfD), and the RHI and the Capacity Market.

Practice Area


  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 2001


  • LLM
  • New York University
  • LLB (1st class honours), Bond University
  • BCOMM (Finance), Bond University

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