Work Area: Renewable energy

Ukraine risks claims over renewables reforms

An energy company has said that it is considering bringing an international arbitration against Ukraine over proposed changes to the state’s renewables regime – reforms that practitioners warn could herald a wave of claims like those faced by Spain and Italy over similar measures.

21 April 2020

Spain solar awards enforced in Australia

An Australian court has enforced a pair of ICSID awards worth a combined €229 million plus interest in favour of European solar power investors against Spain, rejecting the state’s sovereign immunity defence.

24 February 2020

Spain beats bulk of another renewables claim

A day after Spain secured a rare victory, it has emerged that an ICSID tribunal has rejected the bulk of another claim against the state over renewable energy reform – but ordered the parties to reach an agreement over compensation due for retroactive measures.

04 December 2019

Spain offers incentives to end renewables claims

Spain has approved a law which aims to end US$7.3 billion in pending treaty claims over renewable energy reform by offering investors economic incentives that can only be accessed if the cases are dropped.

22 November 2019

Germany hit with ECT claim over changes to renewables regime

Austrian engineering company Strabag has filed an Energy Charter Treaty claim against Germany over changes to renewable energy legislation that affected its plans to develop wind projects in the North Sea.

23 September 2019

Four more solar wins for Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has defeated four Energy Charter Treaty claims worth a combined €19 million over reforms to its solar power sector, as it pursues a challenge to an adverse award on liability in a further case over the same measures.

17 May 2019

Romania faces ICSID claim over cuts to renewable energy incentives

A group of European energy investors have filed an Energy Charter Treaty claim against Romania at ICSID over the state’s cuts to a renewable energy incentive scheme.

13 June 2018

Italy denied security for costs in solar claim

An ICSID tribunal has refused to order a solar power investor to pay security for costs in an Energy Charter Treaty claim against Italy, ruling that the investor’s reliance on a third-party funder following its insolvency did not make the order necessary or urgent.

14 June 2017

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