Energy and Brexit—renewable energy
Energy and Brexit—renewable energy

The following Energy guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Energy and Brexit—renewable energy
  • Introduction
  • Key publications, legislation and announcements to date in relation to Brexit and renewables
  • Brexit and Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs)
  • Brexit and Guarantees of Origin of Electricity Produced from High-efficiency Cogeneration (CHPGOs)
  • Brexit and renewable energy generation subsidy
  • Brexit and renewable microgeneration certification schemes
  • Brexit and carbon pricing under the EU ETS/the potential ‘Carbon Emissions Tax’


This Practice Note tracks the key publications and announcements made to date in relation to Brexit and the Great Britain (GB) renewable energy sector. It also provides brief explanation of the key areas where Brexit will have an identified and direct legal impact on the renewables sector.

On 23 January 2020 the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 (EU(WA)A 2020) was adopted enabling the government to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement and implement its provisions into UK law. As a result of EU(WA)A 2020 the UK remains legally bound by EU law during the transition period agreed in the Withdrawal Agreement which runs from 11 pm on 31 January 2020 until 11 pm on 31 December 2020 (the Implementation Period).

For analysis of other key aspects of the UK energy sector impacted by Brexit, see Practice Notes: Energy and Brexit—the EU Internal Energy Market and international electricity and gas interconnection regulation and trade and Energy and Brexit-Euratom and the UK Nuclear Sector. Practice Note: Brexit—environmental law implications may also be of interest.

For a more general (non-sector specific) timeline of key events and updates in respect of Brexit, see Practice Notes: Brexit timeline and Brexit—introduction to the Withdrawal Agreement.

Key publications, legislation and announcements to date in relation to Brexit and renewables