Renewables in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Solar Century Holdings Ltd & Others v Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 07 Nov 2014

    The RO scheme provides financial incentives for the creation of generation capacity from renewable sources. It does this in the form of Renewables Obligation Certificates ("ROC"). These are certificates issued to operators of accredited renewable generating stations in respect of the eligible renewable electricity that they generate.

    To be eligible within the RO scheme electricity must be generated by a station that has been accredited by Ofgem as capable of generating renewable electricity in respect of which ROCs may be issued. The RO scheme is hence a demand led scheme with all generation satisfying the relevant conditions being accredited. For solar PV it is a relevant condition that the generating station must exceed 50 kilowatts in size.

  • The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change v Friends of the Earth and Others
    • Court of Appeal
    • 25 Ene 2012

    That conclusion seems to me crucial to resolution of this appeal. Modification of the FIT Payment Rate, in respect of installations becoming eligible prior to the modification, would have a retrospective effect. Because the Scheme fixes a rate by reference to the year the installation becomes eligible, reduction of that rate (apart from fluctuations in RPI) would have a retrospective effect.

  • Welsh Ministers and Another v Rwe Npower Renewables Ltd
    • Court of Appeal
    • 15 Mar 2012

    The Inspector had before him the written and oral evidence of the respondents' experts and the written submissions of CCW. As the respondents recognised, the central question for the Inspector was whether the particular harm, or risk of harm, associated with the development was sufficient to justify refusal. They accept that the Inspector needed to ascertain the degree of harm the project would cause, taking into account the proposed mitigation measures.

  • Anita Colman v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (First Defendant) North Devon District Council (Second Defendant) Rwe Npower Renewables Ltd (Third Defendant)
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 09 May 2013

    That conclusion has, of course, to be read against the detailed findings that, apart from All Angels, insofar as there was any harm at all, it was "minimal" or "minor". The impact on the one building was less than substantial, and even if special weight were attached to that impact, the overall negative effects were limited and could not outweigh the benefits of the development.

  • Barnwell Manor Wind Energy Ltd v East Northamptonshire District Council and Others
    • Court of Appeal
    • 18 Feb 2014

    There is a "strong presumption" against granting planning permission for development which would harm the character or appearance of a conservation area precisely because the desirability of preserving the character or appearance of the area is a consideration of "considerable importance and weight."

  • Daniel Gerber v Wiltshire Council Steve Rademaker (1st Interested Party) Norrington Solar Farm Ltd (2nd Interested Party) Terraform Power, Inc. (3rd Interested Party)
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 05 Mar 2015

    The final ingredient is the question of prejudice to good administration. As Richards J observed in Gavin it is perhaps of secondary significance to the issues, for instance, of hardship or prejudice to the interested parties. He also, correctly, observed that the interests of good administration cut both ways. In this case, on the one hand, there is the obvious need for certainty and reliability in decision making.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Oman: Renewables project forges ahead.
    • Núm. 2017, Febrero 2017
    • The Middle East
    ...Renewable energy projects in Oman's interior region will be tendered out by as early as end of this year as a part of the sultanate's Rural Area Electricity Company's (RAECO) strategy to increase renewable energy footprint in the country, officials s......
  • Renewables: Falling costs, improving investment climate.
    • Núm. 454, Julio 2018
    • African Business
    ...Africa needs to add a lot of renewable energy to attain universal access to electricity and cleaner energy. Cheaper projects are helping the cause. Ian Lewis reports. Until recently, large-scale renewable energy in Africa has generally meant hydrop......
  • A Turkish dash for renewables.
    • Núm. 360, Octubre 2005
    • The Middle East
    ...ATTENTION ON THE TURKISH energy sector has long focused on the trials and tribulations of the gas industry. In an effort ensure that the country had sufficient generating capacity, the government concluded too many gas import deals, which resulted in......
  • The Maghreb looks to renewables.
    • Núm. 380, Julio 2007
    • The Middle East
    ...THE ENERGY POLICIES of Morocco and Algeria might be expected to be different. The latter is a major oil and gas exporter with plenty of energy resources for domestic use, while the former must import almost all its energy requirements. Yet the curren......
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