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Jones Day Talks: Aktuelle Entwicklungen im deutschen Windenergierecht



Am 21. Dezember 2018 ist das sog. Energiesammelgesetz in Kraft getreten, mit dem u.a. das EEG geändert wurde. Hierbei handelt es sich um die siebte Änderung des EEG 2017 seit dessen Inkrafttreten vor etwas mehr als zwei Jahren. Eingeführt wurde u.a. eine Pflicht zur Ausrüstung von Windenergieanlagen mit einer bedarfsgesteuerten Nachtkennzeichnung ab dem 1. Juli 2020. Diese Pflicht gilt auch für Bestandsanlagen; schätzungsweise 18.000 Windenergieanlagen in Deutschland müssen daher nachgerüstet werden.

Aus der aktuellen Rechtsprechung ist ein Beschluss des Bayerischen Verwaltungsgerichtshofs vom 3. April 2019 zur Anwendbarkeit der sog. 10 H-Regelung insbesondere für Planer und Betreiber von Windenergieanlagen in Bayern relevant. Danach ist die 10 H-Regelung (Art. 82 BayBO) auch dann bei der Erteilung von Änderungsgenehmigungen nach § 16 BImSchG zu beachten, wenn bereits eine bestandskräftige BImSchG-Genehmigung vorliegt und sich weder die Standorte noch die Höhe der Anlagen ändern.

Diese aktuellen Themen im Bereich Windrecht erläutert Kerstin Henrich von Jones Day.


Developments in Germany's Wind Power Regulations

Jones Day Talks: Developments in Germany’s Wind Power Regulations



On December 21, 2018, the so-called Energy Collective Law came into force, amending, inter alia, the German Renewable Energies Act (“EEG”). This is the seventh amendment to the EEG 2017 since it came into force on January 1, 2017. Among other things, an obligation was introduced to equip wind turbines with need-controlled night-time identification from July 1, 2020. This obligation also applies to existing turbines; an estimated 18,000 wind turbines in Germany will therefore have to be retrofitted.

From the current case law, a decision of the Bavarian Higher Administrative Court of April 3, 2019, on the applicability of the so-called 10 H regulation is relevant in particular for planners and operators of wind farms in Bavaria. According to this decision, the 10 H regulation must also be observed when granting amendment permits in accordance with the German Federal Emission Control Act if a valid and binding permit for the wind farm already exists and neither the locations nor the height of the turbines change.

Jones Day’s Kerstin Henrich explains these current topics in the field of wind energy law.


Doing Deals Down Under: Australia's Foreign Direct Investment Regime

Jones Day Talks: Doing Deals Down Under – Australia’s Foreign Direct Investment Regime



Like many countries, Australia is taking a careful look at proposed investments by foreign entities, particularly  when certain sensitive industries or a government agency are involved. Jones Day’s Mark Crean, Ingrid Costello, Amelia Berczelly, and Chase Kaniecki discuss the FIRB approval procedures, mandatory and voluntary notifications, and the actual risk of a deal not being approved.


Navigating Foreign Direct Investment in Germany

Jones Day Talks: Navigating Foreign Direct Investment in Germany



Germany has two different sets of rules for the review of foreign direct investments. The relevant ordinance, the Außenwirtschaftsverordnung, or AWV, provides for a sector-specific review process applying to the acquisition, by any non-German acquirer, of German companies active in military products and crypto-technology. The other set of rules, the cross-sectoral review, applies to the acquisition of all other companies by any non-EU acquirer. Jones Day’s Jürgen Beninca and Chase Kaniecki discuss what investors should know about the AWV.


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Jones Day Talks: Foreign Direct Investment to the U.S. – A Look at CFIUS and the FIRRMA Pilot Program



Jones Day’s Justin Huff, Laura Fraedrich, and Chase Kaniecki explain the role of CFIUS, discuss how provisions of the FIRRMA pilot program are affecting investment in the U.S., and talk about what to expect next in cross-border transaction oversight.


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Drone Regulations: Is the Sky the Limit?



As the commercial and recreational markets for drone technology continue to expand, federal and state regulators are turning their attention to rules for operators, public safety issues, and personal privacy concerns. Jones Day’s Dean Griffith describes the current regulatory environment for unmanned aircraft and talks about what’s next for this game-changing technology.