The demand for energy is set to rise even further during the coming years. At the same time, all kinds of questions arise on how to manage the transition from fossil energy to sustainable energy. Laws and regulations need to be harmonized with agreements made on these issues at a global level.
Our team of lawyers has wide-ranging specialist knowledge of and experience in the energy sector to help answer these questions from a legal point of view. Our expertise extends across the entire spectrum of energy law, from exploration, production and transmission to the distribution and supply of energy.
We assist not only parties in the private sector such as developers, contractors, the chemical industry and other industries, but also government bodies, municipalities and utility companies.
One aspect of our work is advising parties on projects for generating energy from sustainable sources, such as the sun, wind, geothermy, hydrogen, biomass. These projects need space, and it is here that spatial planning law and environmental law play a crucial role.
We are also involved in projects developing new energy infrastructure, both above ground (cables, pipelines, plants) and underground (cables, pipelines, storage of gas and CO2) and advise our clients on licensing procedures for large industrial plants. Sustainability plays an important role in all these areas. Our team also has particular expertise in the licensing procedure for gas extraction.
Advising a leading corporation in the energy field on the acquisition on several onshore wind farms in the Netherlands
Advising a national grid operator on the main legal requirements for compliance with the administrative competences of authorities regarding unexploded ordnance measures off shore for placement of cables in the North Sea
Advising a German utility company on the structuring options for its onshore, nearshore and offshore wind farms in the Netherlands
Advising a water company regarding the governance aspects of heat/cold supply (and sanitation) for the development of a large residential area, where various entities are involved
What others say about us
- Chambers Europe 2021 Energy & Natural Resources: Regulatory, Band 3
- Legal 500 2020 Energy: Regulatory (Tier 2) "The team provides assistance to clients in relation to the regulatory aspects in energy projects and offers particular expertise in the renewable energy sector. Jacques Sluysmans, who is recognised for his expertise regarding pipeline issues, and Michelle de Rijke, who has deep regulatory energy experience jointly lead the practice."
Michelle de Rijke is ranked individually:
- Leading Lawyer, Who’s Who Legal Energy;
- Leading Individual, Legal 500 2020, Energy, Regulatory: Michelle "(...) has deep regulatory energy experience”;
- Ranked Lawyer, Chambers Europe 2021 Energy & Natural resources, Regulatory (Band 2): " She has a broad regulatory practice, with strength representing clients in disputes before the regulator and administrative courts.';