Spanish feed-in tariff cuts: foreign investors in Spanish solar PV plant lose the first arbitration case

The news came on Monday (25 January 2016) that an arbitral tribunal reached one of the first ruling in a case concerning the cuts to the renewable energy support schemes in Spain, more precisely the changes made in 2010 by the government to the Spanish feed-in tariff in favour of PV solar installations (RDL 14/2010).


Intervention - Colloque "Les énergies renouvelables, nouvel Eldorado de l'intervention de l'Etat", Strasbourg, 14-15 janvier 2016

C'est avec grand plaisir que j'interviendrai au colloque de rentrée organisé par la Faculté de droit de Strasbourg les 14-15 janvier 2016. Le colloque aura pour thème:

"Les énergies renouvelables,
nouvel Eldorado de l'intervention de l'Etat"
L'énergie verte au confluent des perspectives nationales et européennes

Pour plus d'informations, voire l'affiche ci-dessous et le lien ICI :


27th European Energy Law Seminar, 25-26 January 2016, The Hague, NL - Registration now open

The Department for Petroleum and Energy Law of the University of Oslo, the Center for Energy Law of the University of Gröningen and the Dutch Energy Law Association are pleased to inform you that the 27th European Energy Law Seminar will take place on 25 and 26 January 2016. The location is the Hilton hotel, The Hague, The Netherlands.

The programme is available and can be downloaded here. Topics covered include: Energy Union, protection of investments in energy infrastructures, latest EU case law, recent competition cases, offshore electricity grid, EU LNG strategy, smart metering, heat supply, internal energy market, tariff codes, COP21 results and climate change litigation.

You can register online by clicking the link or complete the Registration Form and send it to seminar@never.nl .

In case you may have any questions please contact seminar@never.nl or myself at catherine.banet@jus.uio.no .

Early bird rates are available.

I hope to see you in The Hague in January.


Presentation on the regulation of circular economy at the Norwegian Steel Association Day

On 19 November 2015 I had the pleasure to present my views on the manner to regulate the circular economy and EU initiatives taken in the domain so far at the annual meeting of the Norwegian Steel Association.


The European Commission opens two in-depth state aids investigations against France: national capacity mechanism and technology specific tender procedure (gas)

The European Commission has announced on 13 November 2015 the opening of two in-depth investigations to assess the conformity of two measures adopted by the French government under EU state aid rules, namely: the forthcoming national capacity mechanism, and a specific tender procedure for the construction of a gas-fired power plant in Brittany.


Speaking at Fall Conference of the Norwegian Wind Energy Association (Norwea, 25.11.2015)

The Norwegian Wind Energy Association (Norwea) is organising, together with the law firm Arntzen de Besche, its yearly fall conference on 25 November 2015. 

The topic is "From Sweden and the EU to Norwegian wind energy policy"

I am glad to hold a presentation on the possible effects of the new 2030 energy and climate targets for Norway and their legal force.

Conference: "Fra Sverige og EU til norsk vindkraftpolitikk", Norweas høst konferanse

Time and place: 25 November 2015, 12.00-16.30, Bygdøy allé 2, 0257 Oslo

Programme: http://www.norwea.no/nyhetsarkiv/visning-nyheter/«fra-sverige-og-eu-til-norsk-vindkraftpolitikk»-programmet-for-hoestkonferansen-er-klart.aspx?Action=1&M=NewsV2&PID=1145 


Capacity mechanism in France: Council of State requests a preliminary ruling on its conformity to EU free movement rules

Following its decision of 9 October 2015, the French Council of State (Conseil d'Etat) has lodged on 19 October a request for preliminary ruling to the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) concerning the conformity of the French capacity market mechanism to primary EU law, and in particular Article 34 and 36 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU) on free movement rules. The question referred to the Court will be a new opportunity for the latter to pronounce itself on restrictions to the free movement of goods based on nationality for the purpose of security of energy supply. Parallels can be drawn with the 2014 decision of the Court in the Ålands Vindkraft case in relation to another certificates market (the French scheme being by design a trading scheme) - although based on another justification ground, i.e. environmental protection - (see my comment here) and to refresh its case law in Campus Oil decision related to public security and security of energy supply (Case 72/83). 


Report on Vattenfall governance and the energy transition (Swedish National Audit Office)

The Swedish National Audit Office (Riksrevisionen) has just published a report on how Vattenfall performs in the energy transition. More precisely, the report looks at the role played by the Swedish state in terms of governance and concludes that "the government has not been sufficiently proactive in its governance of the company and has not followed up emission reductions."

Full report in Swedish available here.

And English summary here.


"Vattenfall - konkurrenskraftigt och ledande i energiomställningen?" (RiR 2015:6)
"Vattenfall - a competitive leader in energy transition?" (RiR 2015:6)