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Brede, Jens
Kvale Advokatfirma DA

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Pestana, Felipe Batista dos Reis
Grupo Planus

Energy (J)

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By: Joshua Rosen, Esq. and Gregory Franklin, Esq.

Since the turn of the century, clean renewable energy in the United States has transitioned from being an unconventional novelty to an integral part of our country’s energy mix. Mainstream acceptance was primarily limited by the development of the infrastructure to get this type of energy to the masses. Across the United States, it is no longer unusual to see large-scale wind and solar farms, solar panels on homes, and electric vehicles on the road. As Americans debate our role in climate change, there is one undeniable truth—clean renewable energy is increasingly important to our nation’s energy security.

Read more: “Refhyne,” A European Hydrogen Infrastructure Project to Watch

Authors: Kathryn Walker & Martin Lovell

The State Planning Commission has released a discussion paper on proposed policy changes to renewable energy projects in South Australia.

The State Planning Commission has released a discussion paper on proposed changes to renewable energy policy in the Planning and Design Code (Code). While consultation is not open until October when the draft Code will be released, the discussion paper flags key policy changes which will broaden the powers of the EPA and impose new set back requirements and land restrictions on renewable energy projects.

Read more: Broader Powers for the EPA Under Proposed Policy Changes for Renewable Energy Projects in South...

Investment in the renewable electricity sector is under threat because renewable electricity suppliers have not received any further guidance from the Government on its plans for the proposed Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS), almost one year since the scheme was announced.

How will RESS operate and when will the first auction under the scheme will take place?


RESS is to provide the new framework for energy suppliers operating in the renewables sector to connect to the energy grid. The scheme is designed to help diversify Ireland's renewable energy production and is part of the country’s effort to meet its key EU obligations for the amount of electricity supplied by renewables.

Read more: RESS one year on: Energy suppliers still in the dark on the details of the renewables support scheme

Authors: James Plumb, Partner & Gemma Sweeney, Solicitor

The Queensland State Government has passed further changes to the resources regulatory regime.

The Natural Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (NROLA) was passed by Parliament on 15 May 2019 and amends a significant number of Acts, including some key changes to the following resources legislation:

  1. The Mineral Resources Act 1989 (MR Act);
  2. The Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014; and
  3. The Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004.

It is important to note that some changes commence on assent of NROLA and others are to be by proclamation.

Read the entire article.

Author: Rodrigo Figueroa

According to ERCOT, the entity that oversees 90 percent of the State’s grid, as of January 2019 there was nearly 1,500 megawatts of installed utility-scale solar capacity in the ERCOT region, with that number expected to almost triple to 4,300 megawatts by the end of 2020 (one megawatt is enough to power about 200 homes in Texas during times of high-peak demand). As the demand and desire for solar energy continues to increase, utilities and solar companies in the ERCOT region are finding creative ways to deploy solar generating facilities and expand customer participation. One creative method used by utilities and solar companies is community solar.

Read more: Community Solar 101