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Energy & Natural Resources

14 January 2019
Mira Todorovic Symeonides Overview of RES state aid scheme implementation

Greece - Rokas Law Firm

The second regular wind and photovoltaic (PV) state aid auction held in December 2018 resulted in the award of all of the capacities for two of the three categories of renewable energy system project, a significant (up to 26%) reduction in the reference prices compared with the initial reference prices and the cancellation of the auction for large PV projects by the Regulatory Energy Authority due to insufficient competition.

Author: Mira Todorovic Symeonides
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Carlos Ramos Miranda CRE endorses retailers' use of benefit and loyalty programmes

Mexico - Hogan Lovells BSTL SC

The Energy Regulatory Commission recently confirmed that certain business models used by retailers of refined products (eg, diesel and gasoline) are valid and stimulate competition in the market to the benefit of customers. As such, retailers can develop loyalty programmes based on bonuses, credits, subscriptions, memberships or exclusive offers, among other things, to be offered by various petrol stations. However, these programmes must be made available to all customers and cannot be discriminatory.

Authors: Carlos Ramos Miranda, Perla Gizeh Díaz Taracena
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Jan Erik Janssen Broadening subsidy scheme for renewable energy: from SDE+ to SDE++

Netherlands - Stek Advocaten BV

The minister of economic affairs and climate policy recently announced that the scope of the main subsidy scheme for renewable energy in the Netherlands, the Stimulation of Sustainable Energy Production, will be broadened. Under the new scheme, various technologies will no longer compete on the basis of amounts of renewable energy produced, but rather on the amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that have been avoided.

Authors: Jan Erik Janssen, Patou Courtens
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Robert Lane End of the triad? Update on Ofgem's Targeted Charging Review

United Kingdom - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

Ofgem recently published its 'minded to' decision on its Targeted Charging Review. The decision sets out Ofgem's view that the residual aspect of electricity transmission and distribution network charges should be based on fixed tariffs for different classes of consumer rather than the other options under consideration (eg, usage during periods of peak demand). Ofgem also proposes to remove most of the remaining embedded benefits enjoyed by smaller distribution-connected generators.

Authors: Robert Lane, Munir Hassan, Louise Dalton
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Recent updates

Ian Stevens New Ofgem guidance for operators of essential services

United Kingdom - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

Authors: Ian Stevens, Louise Dalton
Carlos Ramos Miranda New president bans fracking

Mexico - Hogan Lovells BSTL SC

Author: Carlos Ramos Miranda
Libin Zhang Draft Atomic Energy Law published for public comment

China - Broad & Bright

Authors: Libin Zhang, Meng Qi
Federico Godoy First round of competitive bidding for offshore exploration launched

Argentina - Beretta Godoy

Author: Federico Godoy
Dagmar Hozová New coordinated network development plan introduced

Austria - Schoenherr Attorneys at Law

Author: Dagmar Hozová