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Energy & Natural Resources

30 March 2020
Katrina Vasey COVID-19 Weekly Report (23-30 March 2020)

International - International Law Office

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt in almost every work area across the globe. In order to keep readers abreast of this evolving situation, ILO's COVID-19 Weekly Report provides insight into the major legal developments of the past seven days, as well as a round-up of our panel of expert international legal commentators' legislative and regulatory guidance.

Author: Katrina Vasey
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Ryoji Moroi Solar FIT decommissioning fee

Japan - Nishimura & Asahi

Since April 2018, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has required business operators involved in solar power generation to set aside a certain amount of funds in preparation for the decommissioning of solar power plants. However, as of January 2019, less than 5% of business operators had complied with this rule. As such, METI established a working group to tackle the problems with the discretionary decommissioning reserve regime.

Authors: Ryoji Moroi, Rafael Sang-Kyun Bong
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Magdalena Mentel-Rogowska Supreme Court clarifies contractual penalties for energy consumers

Poland - Kubas Kos Gałkowski

The Supreme Court recently held that imposing a contractual penalty on energy consumers due to the early termination of a contract for energy supply is prohibited. This latest ruling seems to change the current interpretation of the legal provisions on the possibility of imposing a contractual penalty on acceptance in the case of early termination of a contract which was concluded for a fixed period.

Authors: Magdalena Mentel-Rogowska, Kamil Zawicki
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Louise Dalton Capacity Market: consultation on future improvements

United Kingdom - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recently ran its Capacity Market consultation on future improvements. Following the consultation, the government will now seek to make the necessary amendments to the Electricity Capacity Regulations and the Capacity Market Rules, before the prequalification window for the T-4 2024/25 and T-1 2021/22 auctions open in Summer 2020.

Authors: Louise Dalton, Matthew Brown
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Recent updates

Maya Ito Impact of coronavirus on solar projects

Japan - Nishimura & Asahi

Authors: Maya Ito, Nathan G Schmidt, Peter G Armstrong, Rafael Sang-Kyun Bong
Arturo Sferruzza Are floating solar and wind installations the new frontiers of renewable energy?

Italy - Norton Rose Fulbright Studio Legale

Authors: Arturo Sferruzza, Ginevra Biadico
Juliet Stradling Winds of change: onshore, floating and other low-carbon technologies CfDs

United Kingdom - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

Authors: Juliet Stradling, Dalia Majumder-Russell, Matthew Brown
Peter Aall Simonsen Government abandons national framework for land-based wind power

Norway - Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS

Authors: Peter Aall Simonsen, Caroline Waller, Sveinung Rostad
Magdalena Mentel-Rogowska New income tax exemption for Low-Emission Transport Fund e-vehicle subsidies

Poland - Kubas Kos Gałkowski

Authors: Magdalena Mentel-Rogowska, Ewa Przyśliwska-Urbanek, Kamil Zawicki
Mira Todorovic Symeonides RES update

Greece - Rokas Law Firm

Authors: Mira Todorovic Symeonides, Maria Ioannou
Nicolaj Kleist Increased focus on geothermal energy

Denmark - Bruun & Hjejle

Author: Nicolaj Kleist
Marcel Meinhardt New regulations on trading with natural resources

Switzerland - Lenz & Staehelin

Authors: Marcel Meinhardt, Luzius Sidler

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