The transition to sustainable energy is in full swing. In this connection, the Dutch and EU authorities are pursuing an active policy; the Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth concluded in 2013 by the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands is one example of this. You are also likely to encounter the development of technology for storing electricity and sustainable power generation such as ‘blue’ energy, in the energy sector. And this entails an increasing amount of legislation and regulations. It is very important that you – as an entrepreneur – keep yourself well informed of new legislation.
Legislation and regulations
Examples of changing laws and regulations include the Heating Supply Act, the Mining Act and all the appurtenant national and international legislation and regulations, as well as regulations governing offshore wind energy. The current Dutch Electricity Act and Dutch Gas Act are being revised and combined into one act. This revision constitutes a significant part of the ‘STROOM’ legislation agenda. The aim of this Bill is to support energy transition and provide a framework for sustainable power supplies in the future. In addition, depending on your own situation, you will be confronted with laws and regulations on financing and immovable property or mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, or with competition and procurement law, administrative law, environmental law, and monitoring of legislation and regulations relating to energy law.
Ploum can provide you with legal assistance
Our Team Energy can advise you on how to interpret legislation and regulations and on the options they offer you. As specialists in all the relevant legal areas, we all work closely together and we have the necessary knowledge of the energy market to place at the disposal of big energy companies and new businesses alike.
We can advise and assist you in the event of mergers and acquisitions, buying and selling onshore and offshore wind farms, and all kinds of storage projects. We act as permanent notary to grid companies, and we supervise network registrations too. In addition, we can handle transfers of ownership for you, as well as transfers of real rights in connection with installations such as CHPs and transformer stations, cables and wiring. And we also support adjoining sectors such as water and infrastructure, and the waste sector in particular. We supervise M&A transactions and advise on regulations and environmental law.
We are an active member of the Netherlands Energy Law Association (NeVER), and our lawyers regularly attend events focusing on the latest developments on the energy market.
Ploum team head Stephan Sluijters advised BayWa r.e. on the establishment of a joint venture with the shareholders in GroenLeven through which it would operate and further develop a significant number of solar projects – the advice covered matters including real estate, finance, and permits as well as the corporate side. Other clients include the Netherlands Petroleum Stockpiling Agency, Eneco, and BP. – Legal 500 2019
Transactional team with expertise across both oil and gas and renewable energy mandates. Scope of expertise covers M&A deals, contracts and network registration. Regularly acts for both domestic and international energy companies. Provides a wide scope of service through its integration with the firm’s environmental and planning, public procurement, and regulatory departments. Has recently strengthened its ability in commercial contracting with new hires. One interview is impressed by the direct access to partners at the firm, noting: “They really look at providing services from a client point of view and adding value.” – Chambers 2020