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Delegates are invited to meet and discuss with the poster presenters during the poster presentation sessions between 10:30-11:30 and 16:00-17:00 on Thursday, 19 November 2015.

Lead Session Chair:
Stephan Barth, ForWind - Center for Wind Energy Research, Germany
Wouter Vandorpe Fieldfisher LLP, Belgium
Co-authors:
David Haverbeke (1) F Wouter Vandorpe (1)
(1) Fieldfisher Lawyers LLP, Brussels, Belgium

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Presenter's biography

Biographies are supplied directly by presenters at EWEA 2015 and are published here unedited

Wouter Vandorpe is a lawyer (Of Counsel) in the Energy & Utilities Practice of Fieldfisher LLP Brussels. He advises enterprises and authorities primarily on energy law related matters, amongst which on electricity and gas market regulations, renewable energy projects, energy efficiency related issues, legislation on energy performance of buildings, drafting of energy contracts, and drafting of regional legislations. He also advises on specific legal issues in the domains of climate, waste and water law. He regularly acts before the Belgian Council of State and Constitutional Court, and the European Court of Justice.


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Abstract

The Energy Union initiative: a good or a bad thing for the EU wind energy industry?

Introduction

The EU is investing substantial time and effort in creating the so-called "Energy Union", a regulatory initiative aiming for a free energy flow across Member States and a secure supply. The Commission wants the Member States to have better cooperation as to energy security, the internal energy market and climate.

Such is good in theory, but what does it mean in practice, in particular for the EU wind energy industry? The Energy Union could lead to open borders, interconnections, harmonised tariffs and subsidies, but will all these developments have positive impact for wind generation?

What consequences are to be expected in the EU wind industry from such Energy Union in the near future? Will the wind sector have more voice in such Union, or will it face detrimental measures? How can the upcoming changes in the Energy Union be anticipated in future wind projects investment decisions?

Approach

The author's approach is to examine the policy documents on the Energy Union, to speak with the EU stakeholders and to consider in what way the Energy Union could benefit to the wind industry business. On this basis, he would further give a number of case-specific examples on how the Energy Union could influence the wind industry.
Example one of the main Energy Union focuses is have a common approach for energy subsidies and state aid. Will the combination Energy Union & State Aid Guidelines lead to a reduction of subsidy or capacity payment possibilities for wind?
Example(2) In order to create an EU-wide interconnected market, in which for example a Danish wind park can produce for a French consumer, interconnections must be reinforced and operators must agree on systems for controlling loop flows. How could the Energy Union initiative overcome this (technical and legal) hurdle?
Therefore, the author would like to be very concrete in his presentation and further define whether specific measures are already to be withdrawn or not (eg finding out that the Energy Union is not yet taking into account the needs and issues of a (wind) technology).
The presentation would go hand in hand with the findings of the author in two other current projects on the Energy Union: (i) the author is co-drafting a Chapter on the Energy Union in the Cambridge University Press book 'Energy Law and Energy Infrastructure Development for a Low-Carbon World' (exp. July 2015), and (ii) has been asked to speak on this subject at Oxford University's Conference of UK Energy Law and Policy Association (in September 2015). It is his intention to also use his findings of article and seminar and make this more specific for the wind industry.

Main body of abstract

A. Link with the wind industry in the Energy Union" texts & Findings of stakeholders

B. Concrete examples of legal and regulatory hurdles

C. Assessment: Is Energy Union positive or negative for the EU wind industry development?

D. (Nuanced) Concluding statements: "Energy Union" is positive/negative for the EU wind energy industry & proposals of collaboration between the wind industry and the Commission


Conclusion

The author will come to one or more of the following sector-specific conclusions:
- Energy Union is positive for wind industry
- Energy Union is positive for wind industry, but now is perfect for the wind industry to have its voice heard
- Energy Union is still too high level to assess whether it is positive for the wind industry, and/or
- Energy Union shall compromise the wind industry negatively.

The author will present suggestions to the wind industry how it can further defend its interests in the Energy Union initiatives.



Learning objectives
The author expects to have a concrete answer, after research, whether or not the Energy Union initiatives are going the right direction for the wind industry and what initiatives could be taken by the delegates.