Friday, 17 November 2017

European Commission on `Nord Stream 2` - New Amendments to Gas Directive Proposed

On 8 November 2017 the European Commission issued a proposal for a Directive
amending Directive 2009/73/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in
natural gas COM(2017) 660 final. The main aim of the proposed Directive is to make the Gas Directive in its entirety applicable to gas pipelines that are connecting a third state with a EU state, like the envisaged Russian-German Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Friday, 10 November 2017

How Germany Could Get Rid of Coal

The phase out of coal in Germany is one of the most contentious topics in current discussions on the formation of a new German government after Germany held general elections in September 2017. The  biggest German energy law firm Becker Buettner & Held now issued a legal analysis of the possibilities to phase out coal in Germany. It finds that a phasing out of coal in Germany would be possible and the study highlights ways in which the legal pitfalls encountered with the pase out of nuclear power in the country could be circumvented. The study is available here (German language version only).

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

New EU Gas Security of Supply Regulation 2017/1938

The European Commission  published the long-anticipated Regulation to safeguard the security of gas supply (EU) 2017/1938 yesterday. From tomorrow (1 November 2017) onwards it replaces Regulation (EU) 994/2010. The new regulation is available at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2017.280.01.0001.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2017:280:TOC 

Friday, 27 October 2017

10 years GCEL: The North Sea as a Source of Sustainable Energy and Law


The Groningen Centre of Energy Law (GCEL) was founded 10 years ago at the University of Groningen. To mark the anniversary, an international conference titled `The North Sea as a source of Sustainable Energy and Law` will be held at the Hilton Hotel in The Hague on 8 December. Registration is now open at: https://www.rug.nl/rechten/congressen/gcel/10-years-gcel/registration-form.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The Dutch Climate Plan - Big Leap or Pie in the Sky?

The new Dutch government has announced its climate plan. By 2030 the Netherlands wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 49 per cent compared to 1990 levels. Amongst the measures to achieve this is the shut down of all coal fired power plants in the Netherlands and the industrial-scale introduction of CCS in the country. But is this realistic and can it really work out?

Thursday, 5 October 2017

China introduces New Energy Vehicle quota from 2019 onwards

After years of media muttering and delays of the plan, China finally introduced a quota for new energy vehicles (covering all zero- and low emission cars like electric vehicles and hydrogen cars, but also hybrids). From 2019 onwards the so-called cap-and-trade policy obliges  automakers to obtain a new-energy vehicle score - which is linked to the production of various types of zero- and low-emission vehicles - of at least 10 percent, rising to 12 percent in 2020, according to the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The initial plan of the Chinese government was to roll-out a quota system by 2018 already, but car manufacturers from around the globe succeeded in lobbying the government to delay the plan for one year.

Monday, 2 October 2017

New book: Shale Gas, the Environment and Energy Security

The book is offering the first formal assessment of the legality of fracking bans and moratoria. Ruven Fleming examines how changes in the constitutional set-ups of EU Member States over the last 25 years have substantially altered the legal leverage of environmental protection and energy security as state objectives. He argues that the practical consequence of these changes has been the self-inflicted curtailment of legislative discretion. Fleming further proposes a new methodology  for the development of legally sound regulation of new energy technologies in the context of the energy transition. More information can be found on the website of Edward Elgar Publishing.