On 20th and 21st of January 2020, the 31st European Energy Law Seminar took place in Den Haag. Discussed topics included new developments in cross-border energy governance, interconnectors with third countries, the role of hydrogen, approaches to greenhouse gas reductions such as emissions trade and taxation as well as state aid law.
Two sessions addressed the topic of energy communities as part of the new European Clean Energy Package. Dorian Frieden from JOANNEUM RESEARCH’s Institute LIFE presented examples for energy communities and potential impacts of the new frameworks and national transposition. The new EU framework provides for substantial new room for consumer-based initiatives such as for energy generation, trade and sharing. Specific impacts of the new framework on already existing initiatives and their incentive effect for new ones strongly depends on the national transposition.
The event was organised by the Dutch Energy Law Association (NeVER), in cooperation with the University of Groningen’s Centre of Energy Law and Sustainability and the University of Oslo’s Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law.