Head of Assets and Infrastructure

Phone: + 44 (0) 1603 542141
Email: j.brabben@cornwall-insight.com

James leads Cornwall Insight’s wholesale team, which provides research subscription services across renewables, flexibility and commodities markets. He leads on the team’s research areas with a particular focus on the renewables generation market. James’ current role focusses on broadening and developing our new insight services, as well as running our popular forums – the Green Generator’s Group and Scottish Generation Forum. He is also active in consulting and research areas covering his specialist knowledge areas of PPAs, renewables policy and green certificates and regularly speaks on these at industry events.

James joined Cornwall Insight in 2014 and has worked across various roles across research, training and consultancy. He previously worked in the oil and gas sector and for a Local Enterprise Partnership and holds a BA (Hons) degree in Geography from the University of Southampton.

Latest thinking

Low carbon generation

CfD pathway becomes clearer for generators

With the announcement last week of the key dates for CfD Allocation Round 4 (AR4), our head of Assets and Infrastructure James Brabben looks at what lies ahead for prospective bidders. So, we have the dates for AR4…nearly! Whilst most of the key dates have been provided, there is still the...


Your invite to our wholesale Summer Outlook 2021 webinar

We are delighted to invite you to our wholesale Summer Outlook webinar. On 12 May, Cornwall Insight will be hosting an open webinar covering our independent views, analysis and outlook of the upcoming summer 2021 period. As part of this session, we will explore a range of both historic and...

Low carbon generation

Analyse thy neighbour: Interconnectors and their importance to future power prices

Whilst we build towards 2021 and post-Brexit energy markets, focus has been applied to how we in GB strive towards net zero ambitions with a more independent policy agenda. However, regardless of future trading arrangements, interconnectors with EU nations will continue to play a pivotal role in driving wholesale power...

Energy storage and flexibility

The future of power prices: Black swans and dragon kings

Understanding the long-term trajectory of the wholesale market is critical to new generation assets and their investment viability. Here at Cornwall Insight, we support market participants in assessing the potential outlook for wholesale power markets through our long-term market Benchmark Power Curve service. We’ve just updated our latest curves out...

Commercial and market outlook

A new playbook for the GB wholesale markets

With the effects of COVID-19 permeating all parts of the energy value chain, in this week’s Energy Perspective our Wholesale Manager, James Brabben, takes a look at how it is impacting wholesale pricing and the electricity generation fleet, both now and, potentially, in the long term. Order of play We...


Free one-month trial of a forum

Would you like to attend one of our forums for free? We’re offering a one-month free trial for new members to attend. Cornwall Insight hosts several forums spanning key areas of the energy value chain. Our forums allow you the opportunity to talk to our experts and hear their thoughts...

Commercial and market outlook

The 2020 oil price crash: How does it compare to previous events?

This feature is part of our new Energy Market Watch coverage where each week we will provide insights and analysis on the latest trends in commodity markets, grid balancing and market fundamentals as the impacts of COVID-19 continue to emerge. You can sign up for the regular free update here. Brent crude oil...

Low carbon generation

Editor’s Pick | A marathon and a sprint? What next for onshore renewables?

This article was originally published in Energy Spectrum Issue 702 on 17 February 2020. For recent news and analysis on the energy market, find out more about our weekly publication, Energy Spectrum, here. In this week’s Energy Perspective, we take a look at the renewables pipeline and ask whether the volume of new...