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Alex Barnes & Associates is an independent consultancy specialising in energy market design and regulation. Alex Barnes has over 25 years of experience working in liberalising energy markets, helping companies develop their businesses and manage their regulatory risks. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.


Regulation is at the heart of modern competitive energy markets. Whether it is the rules which govern access to pipeline networks, or the policies which governments are putting to decarbonise their economies, understanding the regulatory framework and how it can change is crucial. Government policy and regulation will determine how quickly and successfully new value chains, such as for hydrogen or carbon capture and storage, will develop. Alex Barnes & Associates provides expert advice and support to companies, enabling them to develop their businesses in a challenging environment.