Low carbon generation

Net zero targets have underlined the importance of the power sector’s transition to low and zero-carbon forms of generation. As new renewable and carbon-capture technologies start to dominate the electricity generation mix, the market fundamentals are changing radically. The scale of the opportunity for new asset investment is huge. But the complex interplay between markets and policies makes the investment environment uncertain, with regulation, low carbon policy frameworks and networks continuing to evolve and adapt to the new realities of net zero. 

To cut through the complexity, we provide several services designed to provide market players with the insights needed to succeed. We have a 15-year track record of market-leading support for developers, operators and investors. We constantly evolve with the sector to ensure our customers have the right tools to succeed.  

Our expert team of market analysts provides Low Carbon Generation insight across:

  • Market forecasts: including long-term power curves, network cost forecasts and low carbon subsidy forecasts (ROCs, Capacity Market, CfD).
  • Regulation and policy analysis: on the latest changes impacting the low carbon generation sector through our tailored alerts, impact reports and monthly ‘Green generators group’.
  • Routes to market and competitor intelligence: PPA and trading price benchmarks, forecasts and competitor intelligence across subsidised and subsidy-free assets.

Market intelligence

  • 5-Year power price projector

    As part of our expanding coverage of wholesale price forecasting and modelling we have developed the 5-year Power Price Projector. Taken from our long-term model of the GB market we provide a five-year price forecast, under our central forecast scenario, of quarterly baseload power and related commodity prices. The Cornwall...

  • Alerts services (electricity or gas)

    The 'Alerts services' for both the electricity and gas markets provide you with an overview of industry developments that you and your business should be aware of. You can subscribe to either gas, electricity or both 'Alert services'. Each alert provides you with a timely update of any changes to...

  • Balancing Mechanism service

    Cornwall Insight's 'Balancing Mechanism service' provides unrivalled coverage of Balancing Mechanism (BM) dynamics. This includes changing market fundamentals, technology-specific trends, generator behaviour, commercial and competitor analysis, imbalance pricing and fundamental industry changes such as TERRE and Wider BM Access. The BM is a vital tool for National Grid ESO to...

  • Benchmark power curve

    Our 'Benchmark power curve' is a comprehensive market and asset-level power price modelling service. It delivers long-term price forecasts, informed industry-leading regulatory market and policy expertise, and is supplemented with direct access to trusted practitioners and experts. There is widespread concern about the drift between typical power price modelling and...

  • Bespoke monthly impact report

    The 'Bespoke monthly impact report' is specifically designed with you and your business in mind highlighting every relevant policy and regulatory development that may affect your business. By utilising this service, you will be guaranteed not to miss any crucial regulatory and policy-based information, which is vital to your business's...

  • Bespoke weekly impact report

    The 'Bespoke weekly impact report' is an update on the very latest regulatory and governance changes that are relevant to your business. Tailored to meet the needs of your organisation, you can rest assured that you will receive the latest regulation developments to ensure you are compliant with all your...

  • Capacity Market forecast

    The 'Capacity Market forecast' provides a comprehensive analysis of the Capacity Market auctions (T-4 and T-1). The quarterly report includes a detailed forecast of the clearing prices, which will allow you to better formulate your business's bidding strategy as well as understand the values that could be achieved through this...

  • Code modifications registers (electricity or gas)

    The 'Code modifications registers' provides you with a comprehensive update of the most critical issues affecting both the electricity or gas market. These are two separate reports and you can subscribe to either gas, electricity or both. Through the registers, we track all the latest codes, including those from BSC,...

  • Embedded benefits calculator

    The 'Embedded benefits calculator' provides you with a simple tool to understand the revenues that arise from avoiding network charges by connecting at lower voltages closer to demand. The model calculates these benefits from a range of projects including intermittent, controllable and flexible technologies. You will receive a spreadsheet model...

  • Energy market bulletin

    The 'Energy market bulletin' is a consolidated outlook on market fundamentals that will influence wholesale power and gas prices. It draws together a range of factors influencing the market both locally and internationally, providing a clear understanding of what is happening and why. The service comprises of two products designed...

  • Financing net zero

    The ‘Financing net zero forum’ highlights the latest developments on funding decarbonisation and other energy-related projects. Our experts will take you through the very latest regulatory, policy, market and industry news. They will cover the key opportunities and challenges, allowing you to discuss the latest issues that may affect you....

  • Green generators group

    The ‘Green generators group’ provides a compact session each month covering a wide range of policy, regulatory and market news. The meeting offers a platform to gain information on current and upcoming changes that could bring about risks or opportunities for your business. Our experts will guide you through the...

  • Green power forecast

    The 'Green power forecast' provides you with a long-term forward view for the different elements of your green power including, captured prices for different generation technologies, incorporating values achieved through the wholesale market, embedded benefits and renewable subsidy schemes. The forecast provides a five-year outlook for market benchmark prices for...

  • Industry meeting reports (electricity or gas)

    Our 'Industry meeting reports' for both electricity and gas separately provide you with an overview of the main themes, topics and decisions arising from key meetings within the industry. You can subscribe to either gas, electricity or both 'Industry meeting reports'. By utilising these reports, you can stay ahead and...

  • Long-term ROC forecast

    The 'Long-term ROC forecast' is a quarterly publication, that provides a forecast of Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) values, Renewable Obligation (RO) targets as well as supplier and consumer costs to 2027. Understanding the ROC market can be time-consuming due to its complexity. Whether you are the project owner, an investor...

  • Policy and regulation consultations register

    Our 'Policy and regulation consultations register' gives you an overview of all open consultations from Ofgem, BEIS, European Commission, as well as other regulatory bodies. This report will ensure you are kept up to date of all new consultations and their closing dates and by utilising this service, you will...

  • Renewables pipeline tracker service

    Cornwall Insight's 'Renewables pipeline tracker service' supports your understanding of the pipeline for new build and repowering renewables generation assets. The service is split into two key aspects, a database of all projects and an accompanying analysis report. Both parts of this service will provide you with detailed information on...

  • Renewables PPA market share report

    Our 'Renewables PPA market share report' provides you with a detailed and insightful assessment of the UK's renewables Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) market. The report highlights the amount of capacity under PPA and offtaker's share of the market by providing detailed profiles of the top 20 offtakers. Over recent years...

  • Scottish generators forum

    The ‘Scottish generators forum’ provides you with an in-depth understanding of the latest developments for renewable and flexible technologies located in Scotland. With meetings held once every two months, our experts will take you through policy, regulatory updates, market news and developments. Our experts will also share their latest thinking...

  • Transmission Network Use of System charges forecast

    As the GB networks change to incorporate the rapid build out of low-carbon technologies, understanding network charges is becoming critical to assessing business cases for new and existing projects, especially in assessing locational decisions and impacts. Cornwall Insight’s ‘Transmission Network Use of System charges (TNUoS) forecast’ is designed to help...

  • Within-year ROC forecast

    Our 'Within-year ROC forecast' tracks the latest ROC generation trends. It examines the latest Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) data, out-turn demand data, weather statistics and settlement data for the current compliance period. The Renewables Obligation (RO) is the largest UK scheme for renewable electricity generation and can be a vital...