The Great Britain electricity market—an introduction
Produced in partnership with Andreas Gunst of DLA Piper
The Great Britain electricity market—an introduction

The following Energy practice note Produced in partnership with Andreas Gunst of DLA Piper provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Great Britain electricity market—an introduction
  • Introduction and history
  • Latest statistics on the GB electricity market
  • Wholesale market versus retail market
  • Generators
  • Power exchange and bilateral trading
  • Transmission system
  • Balancing the transmission system
  • Interconnectors
  • General regulatory
  • More...

Brexit impact

This Practice Note contains information on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU at 11 pm on 31 January 2020 (exit day). As of exit day, the UK is no longer an EU Member State, but it has entered an implementation period during which it continues to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes. For further reading, see Practice note: Brexit—introduction to the Withdrawal Agreement.

For information on how leaving the EU will affect the EU Internal Energy Market and/or Great Britain’s (GB’) international electricity and gas interconnectors and trade, see Practice Note: Energy and Brexit—the EU Internal Energy Market and international electricity and gas interconnection regulation and trade, which details the key publications and announcements made to date which are specific to Brexit and the EU Internal Energy Market and/or Brexit and Great Britain’s international electricity and gas interconnectors and trade. It also provides a brief analysis of the consequences of these publications and announcements, and the position to date. 

Introduction and history

The electricity market in Great Britain (GB) has a long and dynamic history. The Electric Lighting Act 1882 was one of the first pieces of legislation enacted to establish an electricity market in GB, which provided for the creation of supply systems. Successive Acts further developed the GB electricity market, with the Electricity (Supply) Act

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