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Europe`s largest onshore gas field in the province of Groningen, Netherlands, will be shut down by 2030, the Dutch government decided last thursday, 29 March 2018. The decision is the latest move in a more-than-decade long saga of resistance against gas production in the Groningen region. Earth tremors and quakes triggered persistent local opposition to gas production. The production company NAM is showing little appetite to challenge the decision in court.
As Germany is heading to the polls this week (Sunday 24 September 2017), the energy and climate law blog assesses the election manifestos of the main political parties in Germany with a view to energy and climate. What is Germany`s renewable energy future looking like? Is the German energy turnaround (Energiewende) here to stay and how shall it be steered in the coming years? How do the parties aim to combat climate change?
Cees Verburg, PhD Researcher, Groningen Centre of Energy Law On 4th May
the first ICSID Tribunal rendered its award in a case brought by a British and
Luxembourgish investor against Spain.
In this case the Spanish winning streak in Energy Charter Treaty (ECT)
arbitration, which consisted of victories in the Charanne v. Spain and Isolux
v. Spain cases, came to an abrupt end. The Tribunal came to the conclusion
that the Spanish measures, which replaced a renewable energy support scheme for
a less favourable new one, amounted to a violation of the fair and equitable
treatment standard of Art. 10(1) ECT. Consequently, the investors were awarded
EUR 128 million in damages.