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.

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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.

A client appreciates the "the good commercial awareness" that the team at Ploum has to offer. – Chambers 2022

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 has notable experience in the oil and gas sector, in particular with regard to the mid- and downstream segments, but also in relation to exploration and production. Clients value the combination of public and environmental law which the team employs on both traditional and renewable energy projects. The practice has seen a sustained uptick in renewables instructions and has also been advising on a hydrogen project, recently. Stephan Sluijters has 20 years’ experience in energy transactional matters and Maayke Maas-Cooymans is the name to note for public law work. Other key practitioners include Jeroen Terstegge, Jolande van Loon and Lucas Lustermans. – Legal 500 EMEA 2022

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