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.

Latest thinking

Insight papers

  • Regulation and policy

    WACC-A-MOLE –Implications of the rising cost of capital for the fifth round of the Contracts for Difference scheme

    Soaring inflation and interest rates, combined with supply chain issues and labour shortages, have pushed up the cost of capital and increased the costs needed to finance renewable projects. With the latest round of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme set to open to applications this month many in the…

  • Power and gas networks

    Crisis behind, challenge ahead: European gas storage levels for 2023

    In December 2022, we published our insight paper, Another winter of discontent? What happens to the UK this winter, and next, if the gas taps from Russia stay turned off? discussing concerns for European and UK gas supply during winters 2022-23 and 2023-24, and the key variables that could influence…

  • Business supply and services

    Business net zero: Making progress in a challenging economy

    In light of the financial pressures faced by enterprises from rising inflation and interest rates, tight supply chains and labour markets, alongside high energy bills, this paper investigates to what extent decarbonisation is still a priority for corporates and how progress towards net zero has been impacted by recent developments….

Case studies


  • 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…

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