Research and thought leadership capabilities

Our research creates new knowledge and insight in markets that are rapidly changing, leveraging Cornwall Insight’s in-depth knowledge and expertise in the energy sector. Our experts engage with clients to understand their needs arising from these transformations, and then design thought leadership campaigns through a holistic programme of activities that can include reports, webinars, events, bespoke workshops, and more.  

Thought leadership can reposition your organisation in the market, putting you at the forefront of change and innovation by shaping the conversation on what really matters in the energy sector.

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Insight papers

  • Home supply and services

    Policy Costs in Domestic Energy Bills

    Decarbonising residential heating will be pivotal to the UK’s energy transformation goals, as the shift from fossil fuels to electrically powered alternatives is essential for achieving net zero. This paper examines the impact of reallocating policy costs from domestic energy bills. Our latest paper, ‘Policy Costs in Domestic Energy Bills’…

  • Energy storage and flexibility

    Addressing the cost of electrification: A 2024 update on decarbonising heat for energy intensive sectors

    Cornwall Insight and CPI are delighted to present an update to our 2022 paper on industrial electrification, ‘Addressing the cost of electrification’. Our latest paper, ‘Addressing the cost of electrification: A 2024 update on decarbonising heat for energy intensive sectors’, highlights the changing economic and policy environment, and suggests a…

  • Energy storage and flexibility

    Integrate to Zero – Rewarding consumers for flexibility: global market highlights

    This report, developed in partnership with Integrate to Zero, explores the highlights, insights, and themes that are characterising household flexibility markets around the world. We carried out desk-based research using an initial review of different energy markets to spotlight and evaluate the flexibility-focused propositions that were present in these markets….

Latest thinking

Case studies


  • Financing net zero: Investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure

    As the number of electric vehicles (EVs) has rapidly increased, with registrations in 2022 up 40 per cent on 2021, charging infrastructure is rapidly evolving into an asset class in its own right. As demand for EVs continues to grow, vital questions must be answered on the most suitable business…

  • Merchant financing

    Against a backdrop of ongoing developments in the energy market, the importance of unlocking future low-carbon generating capacity continues to grow, offering rife investment opportunity. In partnership with Shoosmiths, Cornwall Insight’s upcoming “Financing Net Zero” session discussed the investment case for merchant financing of solar, wind and energy storage assets….

  • Co-location, co-location, co-location

    Our webinar, in partnership with law firm Weightmans, considered several opportunities and use cases for the co-location of different renewable energy technologies. Combining different technologies through co-location can help unlock additional revenue streams, but also comes with added risks and complexities that can put off investors. Our event gathered market…


  • > Low carbon Hydrogen

    Hydrogen Index

    The role of low-carbon hydrogen in achieving our net zero targets has been a topic of significant discussion at a global level, with many nations furthering their commitments to hydrogen development. Following this discussion and providing an international view of the market, our Low-carbon Hydrogen Index explores the hydrogen strategies…

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