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Norway

Contributed by Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS
NVE will not extend commissioning deadlines beyond 31 December 2021
  • Norway
  • 17 February 2020

The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate recently announced restrictions on its practice of extending commissioning deadlines for wind power farms. The purpose of extending commissioning deadlines was to meet the political goal of promoting and supporting investments in new wind power farms. However, according to a recent report, concessions for wind power may prevent the positive alternative development of the relevant land and prolong local conflicts.


Poland

Contributed by Kubas Kos Gałkowski
Draft Promotion of Electricity Generation in Offshore Wind Farms Act published
  • Poland
  • 17 February 2020

The draft Promotion of Electricity Generation in Offshore Wind Farms Act was recently published on the Government Legislation Centre's website. Among other things, the proposed act aims to create a regulatory environment that encourages investors to carry out offshore wind farm projects. In turn, this will enable Poland to fulfil its obligations under the EU Promotion of Energy from Renewable Sources Directive.


United Kingdom

Contributed by CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
OGA launches mediation pilot for resolving UKCS licence disputes
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 February 2020

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) recently launched a year-long UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) mediation pilot, which aims to test the extent to which mediation can assist in resolving disputes involving licences in the UKCS. The OGA has consistently emphasised that it would prefer to exercise its influencing rather than its regulatory role in assisting the industry to achieve the Maximising Economic Recovery Strategy for the United Kingdom, and sees mediation as a potentially helpful option.


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