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Nishimura & Asahi | Japan | 13 Sep 2021

Japan selects first round of recipients for green innovation fund

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation has selected the initial group of 11 recipients for funding under Japan's Y2 trillion green innovation fund, which was established by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in March 2021. The selected projects concern either the construction of a large-scale hydrogen supply chain or the production of hydrogen through water......
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Nishimura & Asahi | Japan | 9 Aug 2021

Changes to decommissioning reserve requirements for solar power projects

The amendments to the Act on Special Measures Concerning the Procurement of Renewable Energy Electricity by Electricity Solar-Power Generation Operators require operators of solar-power generation facilities with capacities of at least 10kW to maintain a decommissioning reserve. Pursuant to the amendments two types of decommissioning reserve systems are available. The external reserve system......
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Norton Rose Fulbright | Global | 29 Jul 2021

Renewable energy project disputes: navigating the dark side of the energy transition

The substantial growth forecast for renewable energy capacity and renewable energy projects carries with it a significant risk of related disputes arising. This article explores the features of renewable energy projects, the types of disputes that may arise throughout a renewable energy project life cycle and the role of arbitration in resolving such disputes, particularly where projects have......
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Lenz & Staehelin | Switzerland | 12 Jul 2021

Latest regulatory developments in Swiss energy law

Following a call for a referendum, the revised CO2 Act was recently rejected by the Swiss voters. The revised CO2 Act provided for a range of measures which would have particularly affected energy-intensive industries. In addition, the Federal Council recently adopted various revised ordinances in the energy sector which have now come into force. The Federal Council has also approved the......
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Rokas Law Firm | Greece | 14 Jan 2019

Overview of RES state aid scheme implementation

The second regular wind and photovoltaic (PV) state aid auction held in December 2018 resulted in the award of all of the capacities for two of the three categories of renewable energy system project, a significant (up to 26%) reduction in the reference prices compared with the initial reference prices and the cancellation of the auction for large PV projects by the Regulatory Energy......
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Stek | Netherlands | 14 Jan 2019

Broadening subsidy scheme for renewable energy: from SDE+ to SDE++

The minister of economic affairs and climate policy recently announced that the scope of the main subsidy scheme for renewable energy in the Netherlands, the Stimulation of Sustainable Energy Production, will be broadened. Under the new scheme, various technologies will no longer compete on the basis of amounts of renewable energy produced, but rather on the amounts of carbon dioxide and......
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Rokas Law Firm | Greece | 19 Nov 2018

RES update – competitive procedures for FiP

The new renewable energy sources state aid scheme was introduced in Greece in 2016 by way of Law 4414/2016. On 18 October 2018 the Regulatory Energy Agency launched the second regular competitive procedures for determining the reference prices of state aid for wind and solar energy producers in Greece, which offers a total tender capacity of 423 megawatts. The first regular competition......
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Maćešić & Partners | Croatia | 5 Nov 2018

Amendments to Act on Renewable Energy Sources and High-Efficiency Cogeneration

The government recently adopted a number of amendments to the Act on Renewable Energy Sources and High-Efficiency Cogeneration. According to the government, the amendments aim to harmonise national law with the EU legal framework, introduce an integration process for eligible producers of renewable electricity and high-efficiency cogeneration on the electricity market and reduce the......
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Schoenherr | Bulgaria | 16 Aug 2018

CPC issues first decisions prohibiting concentrations

The Commission for the Protection of Competition (CPC) recently prohibited two concentrations in politically sensitive sectors (media and energy). The CPC's decisions were widely criticised for lacking valid economic arguments. Further, in both decisions the CPC limited its legal arguments to several paragraphs and failed to clarify how acquiring non-competitors (or at least non-major......
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Rokas Law Firm | Greece | 2 Jul 2018

First (regular) solar and wind competitive procedures projects initiated

Greece began reorganising its renewable energy system state aid scheme in 2016 by enacting Law 4414/2016. The minister of environment and energy has provided the legal framework for implementing the law and organising the competitive procedures to determine the reference prices for certain projects receiving operating aid. The first regular competitive procedures were initiated in April 2018,......
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