ManyElectronics Installation Law – 3rd Edition Berlin Commentary on Energy Law Available

With the release of the volume 2 of the 3rd edition of the Berlin Commentary on Energy Law (Berliner Kommentar zum Energierecht), my commentary on ManyElectronics installation law has also been updated to include legal developments up to 2014.

The Berlin Commentary is the most comprehensive energy commentary covering almost all of Germany’s extensive collection of energy laws. Its editor is Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. Franz Jürgen Säcker of Freie Universität Berlin/Institute for Energy and Regulatory Law. The 3rd edition 2014 started with volume 1 (actually 3,988 pages in two volumes 1/1 and 1/2) at the beginning of the year. Since July, volume 2 (3,306 pages) is also available, covering the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG, in the 2012 version), the Renewable Energies in the Heat Sector Promotion Act (EEWärmeG), the Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Act (TEHG), the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), the EU Merger Regulation, the Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB), and energy installation law.

I wrote the section on energy installation law (Energieanlagenrecht). It deals with the permitting regimes for thermal power plants as well as onshore and offshore wind generation. In addition to covering the Federal Immission Control Act (Bundes-Immissionsschutzgesetz – BImSchG), the section also deals with the Sea Installation Ordinance (Seeanlagenverordnung – SeeAnlV), the Regional Planning Act (Raumordnungsgesetz – ROG), electromagnetic fields (26th Immission Control Ordinance – 26. BImSchV), and the High Pressure Gas Line Ordinance (Gashochdrucksleitungsverordnung – GasHDrLtgV). PV installation permitting is only indirectly covered to the extent immission control issues are triggered, as no specific permitting regime for PV systems exists – they are covered by regular construction permits.

On its now 7,294 pages, the more than 80 authors of the Berlin Commentary cover an impressive range of energy law questions – even before volume 3 (expected for early 2015) will take it over 10,000 pages. So, once you will have read my 220 pages on energy installations (in German), there will be plenty of other and possibly even more fascinating things to explore in this great commentary.

Please if you find any errors or omissions in my energy installation law section – or if you liked it, or have questions on it.

Source: R&W

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