Dr Craig
Lowrey

Principal Consultant

Phone: +44 (0) 1603 542104
Email: c.lowrey@cornwall-insight.com

Craig has over 25 years experience in the energy sector, building upon academic research to apply knowledge and skills in a wide range of roles including consultancy, wholesale and retail trading, procurement and risk management.

Joining Cornwall Insight in 2016, Craig has provided in-depth analysis and modelling to inform investment and procurement decisions across a wide range of public and private sector clients.

This has included leading Cornwall Insight’s work contributing to the Scottish Government’s establishment of its planned Public Energy Company, analysis and reporting of the impact of the GB domestic energy market’s default tariff price cap on energy market innovation, and an assessment of the impact of potential regulation of energy third party intermediaries (TPIs) and brokers.

He graduated from Brunel University in 1999 with a PhD in Economics, having completed a BA in Economics at the University of Sunderland in 1993.

Latest thinking

Business supply and services

Businesses facing a 250% increase in gas bills

The past two years have been incredibly tough for SMEs, with many still struggling to keep their heads above water. To add to what is already a difficult time, Cornwall Insight’s ‘Pricing in the SME gas markets’ quarterly report has shown, that on a year-on-year basis, SME customers are facing...

Business supply and services

With great power comes great responsibility – what can be done for customers and suppliers in these challenging times?

Given that the situation in the wholesale markets shows no signs of abating, both the government and Ofgem have a shared responsibility for helping to steward the energy sector through a period of profound challenges for suppliers as well as for their customers. Furthermore, the risk of structural damage to...

Commercial and market outlook

Price cap set for 46% rise for Summer 2022, Winter 2022-23 cap may exceed £2,000

Following further highs in wholesale prices and the costs associated with the raft of supplier failures seen in the last few months, Cornwall Insight is forecasting that the domestic default tariff price cap for Summer 2022 will increase to approximately £1,865 per annum for a typical dual fuel customer, with...

Regulation and policy

Net Zero Strategy and Budget reaction with Craig Lowrey

Yesterday, at our 'Net zero business forum', senior consultant Craig Lowrey gave his reaction to energy aspects of the UK budget and the flurry of policy announcements that preceded it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zeldg2yG09M Our 'Net zero business forum' Our online bi-monthly 'Net zero business forum' offers members the opportunity to benefit from...

Home supply and services

Why gas shippers are important

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Home supply and services

The gravity of the default tariff cap and the impact of the SOLR process

With wholesale gas and electricity prices continuing to reach new records, successive supplier exits during September 2021 and a new level for the default tariff cap (£1,277 for a typical dual fuel direct debit customer) for Winter 2021-22, the GB energy market remains on edge for fresh volatility and further...

Home supply and services

The default tariff cap and the law of unintended consequences

With all eyes on the immediate challenges facing the energy supply market and the impact of the default tariff cap as a contributing factor, it is important to note that the cap for the coming winter period should not be considered in isolation and that attention will swiftly turn to...

Commercial and market outlook

Flight of the Phoenix – could green investment point the way forward post-COVID?

As economies around the world move from “disaster preparation” to “recovery preparation”, the low carbon and renewable sector has been earmarked as a means by which to target government support in a manner consistent with medium and long-term policy targets – such  the UK’s own net zero 2050 objectives. While...