Sophie Yule-Bennett specialises in energy markets, renewables and demand-side response in her work with RAP’s Europe programme and power team. She has more than 17 years’ regulatory and policy experience spanning the public, private and charity sectors.
Yule-Bennett began her legal career at the UK government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, where she developed a detailed understanding of EU and national constitutional processes, judicial review, state aid, and statutory drafting and interpretation. Her private sector roles, first at a City law firm and later as general counsel of a climate-tech startup, provided her with firsthand experience of the regulatory and financial challenges facing aspiring innovators. Since 2016, she has focused on advising nonprofit organisations and philanthropic foundations on energy and climate strategy, litigation and legislative proposals.Her work for RAP’s Europe power programme includes policy strategies for harness demand-side flexibility - both as an energy system resource (see RAP’s Joy of Flex paper), and as a tool for more equitable distribution of system value in society (Flex-ability for all).
Yule-Bennett has provided expert oral and written evidence to the UK Parliament’s Energy and Climate Change Committee, the All-party Parliamentary Group on Energy Costs and to Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority. She has participated in policy working groups, including the UK government's Alternative Energy Market Innovation Programme,Ofgem’s Half-Hourly Settlement group and National Grid’s Demand Response programme. She is accustomed to speaking at industry events, including the Global Women’s Forum on Innovation.
She holds a first class honours law degree from the University of Warwick and completed her postgraduate legal practice course at the College of Law, London.
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