Kirsty Hamilton

Kirsty Hamilton

Kirsty Hamilton OBE is involved in the UKERC project on energy infrastructure, looking at investment-related factors in policy, led by Dr William Blyth.

She has three decades in the climate and energy debate, setting-up one of the first initiatives to bridge between policymakers and renewable energy financiers to drive climate solutions, as an Associate Fellow at Chatham House in the early 2000s. In this area, she contributed a working paper on ‘Risk, Return and the Role of Policy’ in 2007 to the UKERC project ‘Investing in Power: The Role of Cost Projections, Incentives and Risk’, and a first Chatham House programme paper on ‘investment grade policy’ published in 2009 synthesising five years of intersection between financiers and specific areas of energy policy relevant to renewables (UK, EU, international).

She went on to lead the policy work of Low Carbon Finance Group of leading finance and investment practitioners throughout Electricity Market Reform (2010-2015) focusing on the design of CfDs and providing insight on the types of issues .

Since then she has had Specialist Advisor roles in two Parliamentary Inquiries and has been an IPCC reviewer and contributing author.  She was seconded to work on the UK’s Energy Transition team for COP26 (philanthropy funded).

Kirsty was awarded an OBE for services to green energy, finance and climate change at New Year 2021.