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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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Stek | Netherlands | 6 Sep 2021

Geothermal energy developments in the Netherlands

Although to date there have been no major changes in legislation relevant to geothermal energy, discussions in this respect and on the sector's position within the Dutch renewable energy mix as supported by the Dutch subsidy scheme SDE++ continue. This article provides a brief summary of geothermal energy developments in the Netherlands.
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Streamsowers & Köhn | Nigeria | 23 Aug 2021

Updated guidelines on obtaining ministerial consent to assign interest in oil and gas assets

In March 2021 the Department of Petroleum Resources issued updated guidelines on the assignment of interests in oil and gas assets. The guidelines establish the procedure for obtaining the prior written consent of the minister of petroleum resources that is required for the assignment of a participating interest in upstream oil and gas assets, in accordance with the primary legislation, the......
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SKRINE | Malaysia | 23 Aug 2021

Future of cross-border electricity trade in Malaysia

Following the announcement of the Laos-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore Power Integration Project, the Energy Commission published the Guide for Cross-Border Electricity Power Sales, which sets out the framework for cross-border electricity sales between Peninsular Malaysia and either Singapore or Thailand. This article examines the main aspects of the framework for cross-border electricity sales,......
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Kubas Kos Gałkowski | Poland | 9 Aug 2021

Exchange of information on Polish energy market: introduction of CSIRE

An amendment to the Act of 10 April 1997 was recently published in the Journal of Laws. One of the main features of the amendment was the introduction of the Central Information System for the Energy Market. The aim of the amendment is to ensure one coherent source of data is used by the various entities on the energy market, ensuring a standard form of this data and easy access by authorised......
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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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Kubas Kos Gałkowski | Poland | 19 Jul 2021

Polish Energy Law: amendment comes into force

A new amendment to the Energy Law and certain other acts was recently published in the Journal of Laws. The amendment aims to introduce solutions within the legal system to improve the functioning and development of the energy market in relation to the generation, transmission, storage, distribution and trading of energy. New solutions have been introduced to counteract the unfair practices......
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Nishimura & Asahi | Japan | 19 Jul 2021

Offshore wind bidding for round 1 areas in Japan

In 2020 the government commenced the tender process for the first round of offshore zones under Japan's new offshore wind law. This article briefly summarises the tender process of the round 1 areas and provides an update on the tender process expected for additional sea areas.
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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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Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster | Mexico | 5 Jul 2021

Mid-term elections: what this means for energy sector's prospects

The mid-term elections are considered a positive result by market commentators as the possibility of a drastic constitutional reform in energy matters is now improbable. The results have substantially reduced the risk of controversial constitutional changes for the next three years, particularly in the energy sector, as the opposition has defended the framework established by the energy......
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