Contact: Att. Ozen Odev; Erdem & Erdem (Turkey)

In this newsletter, we evaluate the reimbursement of lost/illegal electricity costs, a subject that, from a legal perspective, is of particular concern to consumers.

Lost/illegal Electricity Costs

The judgment of the Court of Appeal Assembly of Civil Chambers ruling that lost/illegal electricity costs reflected on electricity bills "cannot be demanded from subscribers," has provided said subscribers with the opportunity to request reimbursement of the charges they have paid over the last ten years.

Read more: Evaluation of Reimbursement to Consumers of Lost and Illegal Electricity Costs within the...


Contact: González Calvillo, S.C. (Mexico)

Mexico City, August 4, 2014

Resulting from the amendments to the Constitution of Mexico, as published in the Official Gazette (Diario Oficial de la Federación) on December 20, 2013 (the “Energy Constitutional Reform”), a comprehensive set of proposed new statutes and modifications to existing laws were brought by the President of Mexico before Congress, in the form of law initiatives.1 Said law initiatives, generally referred to as secondary legislation, are intended to regulate and implement the Energy Constitutional Reform, thus setting forth the foundation for a new energy legal framework in Mexico. After months of negotiations, those statutes and law amendments have now been approved by the Mexican Congress and will enter into effect upon publication by the Executive branch.

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Contact: Att. Berna Asik Zibela; Erdem & Erdem (Turkey)

Under the "Law on Use of Renewable Energy Resources for Electric Energy Generation"[1] ("Renewable Energy Law"), renewable energy resources are listed as hydraulic, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, biogas (including landfill gas), wave, current and tidal energy, which are non-fossil energy resources.

Read more: Renewable Energy Under The Electricity Market Law


Contact: James Plumb, Partner and Audine Bartlett, Senior Associate; Carter Newell (Queensland, Australia)

The Victorian Government has recently announced a hold on all onshore gas exploration work plans, effectively grinding to a halt coal seam, shale, tight and conventional gas exploration and development in the State of Victoria.

Read more: Victoria Widens Moratorium to Include all Onshore Gas Development


Contact: James Plumb and Audine Bartlett; Carter Newell (Queensland, Australia)

Since the implementation of the Strategic Cropping Act 2011 (Qld) (SCL Act), the Queensland Government has continued to monitor the concerns of the agricultural industry and regional landholders regarding ongoing resource development. 

Read more: Regional Planning Interests - A New Layer of Approval for Queensland Resource Projects