Proposal for the main features of the Climate Agreement published

After four months of negotiations involving approximately 100 parties, the proposal for the main features of the Climate Agreement (voorstel voor hoofdlijnen van een Klimaatakkoord – the “Proposal“) was published on 10 July 2018. This blog outlines the background of the current negotiations in respect of the Climate Agreement in the Netherlands and describes several measures included in the Proposal. … Read more

Impact of the Energy Transition Act (wet VET) on the activities of system operators and energy suppliers

Legislative background On 22 December 2015, the Dutch Senate rejected the legislative proposal “STROOM”, which included provisions to effectuate the Dutch Energy Agreement (Energieakkoord), by the narrowest of margins. Subsequently, a substantively similar legislative proposal, the Energy Transition Act (wet VET) was tabled and then shelved, as it was declared “controversial” by the Dutch House of Representatives, meaning that debate … Read more

Dutch offshore wind roadmap 2024-2030

The Dutch government has announced plans to realise new wind farms in the North Sea with a total additional capacity of 7 GW during the period 2024 to 2030. In addition to the 4.5 GW which will be installed up to and including 2023, this would increase the total installed capacity of offshore wind farms in the Dutch North Sea … Read more

Dutch Government announces termination of natural gas extraction in Groningen

In a letter to the Dutch House of Representatives dated 29 March 2018, Minister Wiebes of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate announced that natural gas extraction from the Groningen gas field will be terminated entirely in the coming years. No later than 2022 and possibly one year sooner, the natural gas extraction level will be reduced to below … Read more

Expert Meeting on the future of global and European offshore wind: Presentations

On 28 November Stibbe and Pondera Consult hosted an expert meeting on the future of global and European offshore wind. The meeting included presentations from the following speakers. Hans Timmers, chairman of the Dutch Wind Energy Association NWEA: The Dutch success and impact & future developments Dan Chorost, Sive, Paget & Riesel (NYC) / Environmental counsel to NYSERDA: Offshore wind development and litigation … Read more

Tender rules for the Hollandse Kust Zuid Wind Farm Zone have been published

The tender rules for Site I and II of the Hollandse Kust Zuid Wind Farm Zone have been published. The Ministry of Economic Affairs published the Ministerial Order for permitting offshore wind energy permits on 17 October 2017 in the Government Gazette. The rules can be downloaded in Dutch and English. Applications can be submitted from 15 December 2017 until … Read more

Mixed results in recent arbitral awards concerning Spain’s renewable energy policy

Frequent changes to the regulatory framework governing renewable energy generation in Spain have given rise to an almost unprecedented amount of investor-State arbitration cases. Spain, which is a Contracting Party to the 1994 Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), is respondent in no less than 33 ECT cases. Since many of these cases were registered from 2011 onwards, it is to be … Read more

New approach Dutch offshore wind tenders

On 28 June 2017, the Minister of Economic Affairs announced in a letter to Parliament that the tender for sites I and II of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) wind farm is scheduled to open in autumn. As the Minister cannot exclude the possibility that a non-subsidised bid will be submitted, the tender will first open for non-subsidised bids only. If … Read more

Update on offshore wind energy: SDE+ Subsidy and Permit tender Borssele Wind Farm Sites I and II open as of 10 April 2016

Opening of SDE+ Subsidy and Permit tender Borssele Wind Farm Sites On 8 April 2016, the final Wind Farm Site Decisions I and II (Kavelbesluit I en II windenenergiegebied Borssele) were published in the Government Gazette (Staatscourant). This was the last formal hurdle to be overcome in order for the first Borssele subsidy tender to open. The application forms in … Read more

Eerste subsidietender voor windpark op zee start 10 april: kavelbesluiten vanaf nu beschikbaar

For an English version of this blogpost, please click here. Vandaag, 8 april 2016,  zijn kavelbesluiten I en II voor windenergiegebied Borssele gepubliceerd in de Staatscourant. Dit was de laatste formele stap die gezet moest worden voordat de subsidietender van start kan gaan. De aanvraagformulieren voor de tender zijn nu al te downloaden op Op 10 april 2016 opent … Read more