Unlocking the seas: Commonwealth Government introduces legislation to drive offshore renewable energy investment

The Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill 2021 establishes a regulatory framework to facilitate the full life-cycle of offshore electricity infrastructure, from construction through to decommissioning, in the Commonwealth offshore area. Snapshot Once passed, the legislation will: establish a licencing framework for three categories of offshore electricity infrastructure activities in Commonwealth offshore areas: commercial (including feasibility), research … Read more

Charging forward – Ofgem’s drive to electrify transport

On Saturday, 4 September 2021, Ofgem (the energy regulator in Great Britain) published its plans to further support the UK’s transition to electric vehicles (EVs) in the deployment of EVs and their integration into the electricity system. Ofgem aims to get the network ready for EVs and ensure there is sufficient network capacity for EV … Read more

German energy law violates European law – European Court clarified the term of a vertical integrated undertaking and decided that the federal network agency must become more independent

On 2 September 2021, the European Court decided that the German legislator has not implemented correctly requirements of the EU Electricity Directive and the EU Natural Gas Directive. In particular, the German concept of a vertically integrated undertaking is too narrow. Besides and most notably, the Federal Network Agency must become more independent. BACKGROUND The … Read more

EU Taxonomy Regulation – proposed technical screening criteria for climate change mitigation and adaptation

EU Taxonomy Regulation – proposed technical screening criteria for climate change mitigation and adaptation On 20 November 2020 the European Commission published the proposed draft technical screening criteria for climate change mitigation and adaptation in the form of a draft delegated regulation, which was open to consultation until 18 December 2020. The Taxonomy Regulation came … Read more

Key TCA issues for the energy sector

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (“TCA“) establishes objectives for the energy market by providing for the facilitation of trade and investment between the EU and the UK (the “parties”) in the areas of energy and raw materials, and supporting security of supply and environmental sustainability, notably in contributing to the fight against climate change … Read more

Spanish Government approves a royal decree on grid access and connection

Royal Decree 1183/2020, of 29 December, on access and connection to the electricity transmission and distribution networks (the Royal Decree or RD 1183/2020) was published in Spain’s Official State Journal (BOE) on 30 December 2020 and entered into effect on the following day. RD 1183/2020 develops and implements – thus allowing for the full application … Read more

Summary: Revised TEN-E Regulation – future financing of European energy infrastructure

The European Commission has announced this week a proposed revision of the Trans-European Networks for Energy Regulation (the TEN-E Regulation). The revision aims to bring European energy infrastructure in line with the EU’s new climate targets and the European Green Deal. Changes in technology and ambitions have required new infrastructure categories along with changes to … Read more