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This briefing is intended as an update on three key policy and case law developments that have taken place over the summer. 1 New European Court ruling – ‘Sweetman II’ On 25 July 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the Court) delivered its ruling in the case of Edel Grace and Peter Sweetman v An Bord Pleanala, or ‘Sweetman II’ (also known by some in the industry as ‘People over Wind II’.) The judgment developed the position taken in People Over Wind and Peter Sweetman v Coillte Teoranta (‘Sweetman I’), delivered in April this year. The Court again focused on the interpretation of Article 6 of the Habitats Directive, which concerns the need for an appropriate assessment where a project is likely to have a significant effect on a site (onshore or offshore) designated as a special protection area or a special area of conservation (SPAs and SACs) The key question for the Court was at what point in the assessment under this Directive should mitigation measures be taken into account. Current practice relating to appropriate assessment is based on a four-stage approach. Briefly, these stages are: (i) Screening to establish whether a likely significant effect may exist on the integrity of a designated

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On a European level, two significant breakthroughs were achieved in energy policy during the summer: the European target for the share of renewable energies in the electricity supply will be increased to 32 percent by 2030. In addition, EU-member states are obliged to submit detailed plans by the end of 2019 regarding the deployment of renewables to contribute to achieve the EU-wide target of 32 percent. This includes a five years’ visibility on future auction timetable and volumes. Member states cannot change their energy policies on a year-to-year basis, hence more reliability can be achieved for the companies and capital cost can be reduced, due to less regulatory risk. After the general election in Germany, it took quite a while to form a new government. An ambitious attempt to form a ‘Jamaica’-Coalition (Conservative-Black, Liberal-Yellow and Green) failed, so that a new version of the old government was formed by the Conservatives and the Social Democrats. Many hopes for an ambitious renewable, yet market-oriented energy policy were buried. In spite of the bleak expectations of most observers, the coalition agreement included some very ambitious cornerstones, such as a 65 percent target for renewable energies in the electricity sector, 4 GW extra volume for

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The much-celebrated inauguration of Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) was a day 15 years in the making for the energy industry. PES brings you a unique report on this exciting, innovative project, not least because of the enormous challenges which had to be overcome and the awareness, ethos and on-going research into the environmental effects. Originally conceived by Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) back in 2003, the pioneering EOWDC is now generating clean energy off the coast of the Granite City. On September 7, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and Vattenfall’s CEO Magnus Hall inaugurated Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility. Over 100 business leaders and dignitaries attended the offshore celebration which gave them the opportunity to see the wind farm up close. Through a series of innovations and cutting-edge technologies, the 11-turbine EOWDC will serve as a test and demonstration facility for offshore wind and lead the drive towards generating competitive wind power globally. In what was a major feat of engineering, all foundations and turbines were installed in the North Sea over a period of just nine weeks. For the first time in the UK, steel suction bucket foundations were paired with the world’s most powerful turbines

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Not long to go until Offshore Energy 2018 on (22), 23 & 24 October, the eleventh edition will be taking place. The team is currently confirming the very last speakers and going over final details for the exhibition floor. With oil & gas, offshore wind and marine energy all assembling at this event - it creates the ideal place to display your products and services to the world. Based on its track record, OEEC expects to attract over 12,000 offshore professionals representing around 90 nationalities and over 600 key players from the offshore industry exhibiting at the show. This year’s theme, which doubles as a call-to-action is: Explore. Inspire. Transform. The theme will be reflected on the exhibition floor, but will also form a leading part of the extensive conference program. ‘From keynotes: Global Oil Event, Global Gas Event and Marine Energy Event,’ says OEEC Conference Manager, Femke Perlot-Hoogeveen, ‘to Offshore Wind Conference. Supplemented by nine Thematic Sessions ranging from the following topics ‘Exploration in a mature basin’ and ‘Offshore transport, installation and removal’ to ‘Decommissioning and re-use’. The conference program caters for all.’ A new dawn for offshore wind After years of steady growth for offshore wind, developments are set to follow

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Panel soiling has been a running concern for solar park owners since the birth of the solar/PV industry. With many parks located in dry soiling environments, dirt accumulating on solar panels can be a major drain on efficiency, limiting power output and driving up cleaning and maintenance costs. DSM’s new Anti-Soiling coating offers a compelling answer to this widespread industry problem. Powering up output, panel by panel A multidisciplinary team of scientists and application technologists from DSM spent three years developing the Anti-Soiling coating solution before it was ready to be brought to market. The coating is an offspring of the company’s patented Anti-Reflective (AR) coating, which has been available on the market for seven years and is now in use at more than 50GW of installations globally. A series of indoor and outdoor validation tests were carried out as part of the R&D process. These included a controlled, climate-representative test, which was undertaken at a TÜV SÜD solar park in the Gobi Desert, in Dunhuang, China. During the assessment, modules coated with DSM’s Anti-Soiling coating were benchmarked against panels coated with DSM’s Anti-Reflective (AR) coating, as well as non-coated modules, over an 18-month period. During this time, the DSM team spent 12 months

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Don’t miss the Global Wind Summit, which starts in Hamburg on 25 September; it is the biggest and most important meeting of the wind industry worldwide. It combines the world’s leading wind industry expo WindEnergy Hamburg with the global conference of WindEurope to create a high-powered, unique platform for business, networking and information for the onshore and offshore wind industry. These two top events, the expo and the conference, will be held side by side from 25 to 28 September 2018 at the Hamburg Messe site. Here is the unmissable PES preview. Exhibitors, visitors and conference participants are expected from some 100 countries. The 9 exhibition halls of the leading wind industry expo WindEnergy Hamburg are already almost fully booked, which means 1,400 exhibitors and some 35,000 trade visitors will be there in September. The WindEurope Conference, to be held inside the exhibition, features more than 250 speakers, providing a first-class programme on the issues facing the global wind industry. ‘The expo and the conference complement one another to provide a combination unmatched anywhere in the world,’ says Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO Hamburg Messe und Congress. ‘Hamburg brings together all of the main decision-makers from both business and government,’ says Giles

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Data can be our crystal ball. With advanced analytical tools, we can harness the flow of data from turbines, solar cells, dams, our organisations and even external sources, such as energy markets, to optimize performance and earnings. You can look into the future, now. Businesses thrive on predictability. Stable demand, stable supply, stable operations and, if we’re doing it right, stable growth and positive development that leaves us, and all our stakeholders, with stable smiles on our faces. However, renewables are unpredictable. The supply of energy we convert is inherently unstable – it fluctuates according to the whims and fancies of a power beyond our control, that of Mother Nature. Hydropower is perhaps the exception, as dams offer operators a steady means of power storage and production. All we have to do is, quite literally, turn on the tap. Nevertheless, unpredictable weather patterns, such as prolonged dry periods, can impact upon even this most proven and reliable of renewable sources. So, how do we bring predictability into this new energy arena? We can’t tame Mother Nature, but we can learn from her, from ourselves, from our equipment, and from the energy market to continually adapt and optimize our assets and operations. In doing

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Some years ago, the offshore wind industry was primarily a high-priced and tough European adventure. But, mainly as a consequence of intense private-public collaborations in the key countries nearby Irish, North and Baltic seas, this situation has dramatically changed. Nowadays, the offshore industry is widely recognized as a key component for the future generation mix, proudly showing a flourishing market with a new range of turbines, well-built supply chain and continuously optimized costs. As a result of this recent market progress, other countries beyond Europe have focused on offshore solutions too, arranging plans for gross spread of this industry mainly in North America and Asia. As an example, more than 1GW of offshore was installed in China during 2017 and determined programs for offshore expansion, have recently been set in the US for the next decade. The Indian government has recognized that both the demand for electricity and the need to decarbonize is going to rise steadily and so has defined forceful objectives for 2022. Thus, offshore wind is set to become a relevant sector in the medium and longer-term plans. The areas of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have already been identified, as places where strong and steady resources of clean energy, can be

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Solar Power International, a massive three-day annual event, which is once again being held in Anaheim from September 24th to 27th. PES brings you a full preview. It’s exciting, it’s awesome, it’s the best yet and still not too late to get your ticket if you haven’t already done so. We look forward to meeting up with you. North America Smart Energy Week, powered by the leading solar organizations the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), is the largest gathering of solar, smart energy, energy storage, and hydrogen fuel cells professionals in North America looking to grow their renewable portfolio for businesses and communities. Anchored by the flagship event, Solar Power International (SPI), North America Smart Energy Week brings together an extensive alliance of renewable energy leaders for four days of networking, accredited educational events, and innovation that moves the industry forward. The industry’s success can be seen by the numbers - more than 10 GW of solar were installed in 2017, adding to a total of 56 GW across the country and powering 10.7 million homes. In the past five years, prices for installed solar have dropped by over half. Community solar is also booming,

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PES brings you a preview of the 12th Renewable Energy India 2018 Expo, which will be held between 18th-20th September 2018. The aim is empowering India’s renewables mission to a new high, with participants from all over the globe. Don’t miss out book your tickets now. A glimpse of the forthcoming REI 2018: • Asia’s most leading Renewable Energy Expo by UBM India from 18th-20th September, 2018; with 45 participating countries and 750+ exhibitors. • 3 - Day power packed conference – ‘Accelerating Momentum…From Ambition to Action’. Conference to highlight innovations, challenges and successful case studies and deliberations taking the sector forward. • India Clean Energy Days & International Matchmaking organised by Business Beyond Borders (BBB) together with European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) and supported by European Commission • Bolstering Start-ups and SMEs with the launch of a Sunrisers pavilion • CEO Conclave • Finance Leadership Forum • Quality Round Table by PV magazine • Future Round Table by PV magazine • 4th edition of Renewable Energy India Awards on 17th September 2018: To recognize Innovation & Excellence in the Renewable Energy Industry The 12th edition of Renewable Energy India Expo (REI), hosted by UBM India, India’s leading exhibitions’ organiser, is all set to come back in a magnificent way

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