3.7.14

First analysis of the Åland Vindkraft judgment (EU Court of Justice)

I published a detailed comment on the Åland Vindkraft decision of the EU Court of Justice (C-573/12) for ECOHZ.

Read the full article on ECOHZ website here.
"The EU Court of Justice rules in favour of Sweden in the Åland Vindkraft case: no mandatory opening of national support schemes for the time being. Read Catherine Banet's comment on the EU Court of Justice decision.
In a landmark decision delivered on 1 July, the Court of Justice of the European Union deems the Swedish green certificates scheme conform to EU law. It confirms that, based on the Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC and the Treaties, national governments can continue restricting access to their support schemes to renewable electricity generated on their territory. ... " 

2.7.14

First reaction on the Åland Vindkraft Case (in Norwegian)

 
The Norwegian business newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (www.dn.no) asked for my first reaction after the release of the European Court of Justice decision in the Åland Vindkraft case on 1 July 2014 (see previous post).
 
Read the interview here.
 
Reference: "Kan puste lettet ut", Dagens Næringsliv, 2 July 2014.

1.7.14

Judgment of the EU Court of the Justice in the Åland Vindkraft Case (C-573/12): the Court of Justice backs the restrictive nature of national support schemes for renewables, based on environmental protection

The Court of Justice of the European Union has delivered on 1 July 2014 its decision in the Åland Vindkraft Case (C-573/12). The Court rules in favour of Sweden, and deems the Swedish national support scheme, a green certificates scheme, conform to EU law, although it constitutes a measure having equivalent effect to a quantitative restriction. Because the measure aims to promote renewable energy sources and act on greenhouse gases emissions that the EU and its Member States are internationally committed to reduce, the Court confirms that Member States can maintain territorial restrictions to access their national support schemes as long as the measure is proportional.
 
 
The full text of judgement is available on Curia here.
 
Reference: Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber) of 1 July 2014 in Case C-573/12, Ålands Vindkraft AB v Energimyndigheten

30.6.14

Guidelines on state aid for environmental protection and energy (2014-2020) published in the EU Official Journal

The newly adopted Guidelines on state aid for environmental protection and energy (2014-2020) have now been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) of 28 June 2014, C/200, p.1.
 
Access the full document here.

9.5.14

Russia files dispute against EU 3rd Energy Package before the WTO : Request for consultations by Russia now available

On 30 April 2014, the World Trade Organization (WTO) received a request for consultations from the Russian Federation against the European Union and its legislation regarding the Third Energy Package and implementing legislation by Member States. See previous post.
 
The text of the request as submitted by Russia is now available on the WTO website here.

3.5.14

Speaking at Norway Wind Development Forum (5 May 2014, Oslo)

On 5 May 2014, I will be discussing legal issues related to the licensing, permitting and contracting of wind power projects at Norway Wind Development Forum (Radisson Blu Hotel Nydalen, Oslo). My own presentation will focus on Grid connection rules for onshore wind power in Norway.
 
More on the event:  here.

2.5.14

Russia sues EU over 3rd Energy Package before the WTO - WTO press release available

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has now published a press release confirming the request for consultations put forward by Russia before the Organization as regards the EU Third Energy Package (see previous post).

1.5.14

Russia takes legal steps and sues the EU over the 3rd Energy Package before the WTO

According to Russian media, the Russian government has decided to sue the European Union over the Third Energy Package before the World Trade Organization (WTO).
 
The news was reported by the press agency ITAR-TASS on 30 April 2014 (link 1 and link 2). According the source, Russia has sent a note to the EU Mission to the WTO after having notified the WTO Secretariat that it wanted to launch the law suit against the EU (normal procedure). More official press releases are not yeat available, neither from the European Commission nor the WTO.