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Borkum Offshore Wind Farm: Trianel Takes Legal Action Against Tennet TSO

Trianel GmbH, a joint venture of municipal and regional utilitities, announced that it brought legal action against Tennet TSO GmbH, because of delays concerning the connection of the offshore wind park Borkum allegedly caused by Tennet. The company also called for amendments of a bill recently adopted by the German government that shall help to accelerate the construction and grid connection of offshore wind farms, but generally welcomed it.

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Parliament Hearing Regarding Amendment of Act on Legal Remedies in Environmental Matters (UmwRG)

In a hearing before the Environment Committee of the German Parliament (Bundestag) experts discussed a bill amending the Act on Legal Remedies in Environmental Matters (Umwelt-Rechtsbehelfegesetz – UmwRG; ref. no. 17/10957). The bill was triggered by a ruling of Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) of May 2011 in favour of the environmental organisation BUND (German section of Friends of the Earth) regarding their legal action against a coal-fired power plant project by Trianel GmbH.

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CJEU Strengthens Rights of Environmental Organisations in German Courts

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down an important ruling in the Trianel Lünen power plant case. The decision deals with rights of environmental protection organisations to contest decisions that are likely to have significant effects on the environment. The CJEU held that in the Trianel Lünen case the right to contest the permit applied for European law reasons, even where national procedural laws otherwise would not permit this.

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Electric Bicycles and the Municipal Code

Aachen-based Trianel GmbH, a utility founded in 1999 by municipal and regional utilities, started selling electric bicycles (pedelecs) last year. The legality of the sale of the electric bicycles, which require the rider to pedal in order to activate the motor, has now been questioned. It has been argued that the sale would not be in compliance with the Municipal Code (Gemeindeordnung) of  North Rhine-Westphalia.

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