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Legal Insights for the New Energy Era

Embrace the future of energy with Wolf Theiss as we provide in-depth legal insights into the evolving landscape of the New Energy Era. Explore the legal implications, challenges and opportunities in this dynamic sector. Be ahead of the curve in the energy game with our expert guidance.

Energy & Natural Resources

Our Energy & Natural Resources team guides you through the complexities of energy production, distribution and regulation, ensuring your projects are compliant, efficient and sustainable. Whether navigating renewable energy initiatives, fossil fuel extraction or utility management, we offer tailored advice and strategic support to help you achieve your objectives.

Real Estate

The specialised professionals of the Wolf Theiss Real Estate team are committed to delivering expert guidance across all facets of real estate transactions and developments. Whether you are a developer, investor or corporate client, our deep industry knowledge and strategic insight ensure that your real estate ventures are successful and compliant with all regulatory requirements.

Energy & Natural Resources

Wolf Theiss boasts a distinguished expertise in the Energy & Natural Resources sector, offering unparalleled legal counsel across a wide range of energy projects and natural resource management. Our team has extensive experience in advising on the legal and regulatory complexities of traditional energy sources, including oil and gas, as well as renewable energy projects such as wind, solar and hydroelectric power. We provide strategic guidance on project development, financing, regulatory compliance and environmental considerations. With a deep understanding of regional markets and international standards, Wolf Theiss is committed to delivering innovative and sustainable legal solutions that drive success in the energy and natural resources industry.

WT Guide 2024: Generating Electricity from Renewable Sources in CEE & SEE

Explore the renewable energy landscape of Central, Eastern & Southeastern Europe with Wolf Theiss. Our 2024 RES Guide supersedes the 2022 edition, reflecting legislative updates across 13 countries.

Driven by EU targets and energy security concerns, renewable investments have surged. Our guide introduces a new section on Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) to enhance project bankability.

With standardised and expertly curated country chapters, Wolf Theiss navigates the evolving RES-Electricity sector in 2024 and beyond.

New opportunities for on-site electricity producers and suppliers in Hungary

Stay informed about the evolving Hungarian energy market with Wolf Theiss. Recent legislative updates, exemplified by Act XCIX of 2023, are propelling the advancement of self-sustaining energy systems. These changes facilitate direct electricity supply from nearby power plants to industrial and commercial properties, marking a significant shift in the energy landscape.

Notable highlights of the legislation include provisions for establishing private cable lines and grids, empowering on-site electricity sales and simplifying agreements between private grid operators and consumers. Moreover, the introduction of self-sustaining generation units opens doors to fresh business prospects within decentralised energy systems.

Our client alert is available in both English and Hungarian.

Our References

We see meaningful cross-border opportunities to leverage our expertise in M&A and energy development projects, among other areas in Central and Eastern Europe.

-Laszlo Kenyeres, Partner, Budapest

Real Estate

Wolf Theiss has been at the forefront of integrating real estate law with the renewable energy sector, offering specialised legal expertise that bridges these dynamic fields. Our extensive background includes advising on the development, financing and acquisition of renewable energy projects, such as wind farms, solar parks and biomass facilities. We have guided clients through intricate regulatory landscapes and real estate challenges unique to renewable energy projects, ensuring compliance and optimising operational efficiency. With a deep understanding of both real estate and renewable energy markets, Wolf Theiss provides comprehensive legal solutions that support sustainable growth and innovation in the energy sector.

What is an e-charging station under Austrian property law? Is it an impermanent structure on third party land (Superädifikat) and who owns it?

Senior Associate Tanja Melber explains that e-charging stations on third-party land can be classified as either dependent property components or Superädifikate (impermanent structures). Dependent components become property of the landowner, while Superädifikate remain with the installer. This classification impacts ownership and contracts, requiring careful legal review.

When is the operation of an e-charging station commercial?

Selling electricity via e-charging stations is considered a commercial activity under Austrian Trade Law (GewO) if it is done independently, regularly and with the intention of profit. This applies to local authorities, property managers and private owners. While no special qualifications are typically required, compliance with trade regulations and potential approval processes in hazardous situations is necessary. Non-commercial use, such as charging one's own vehicle, is exempt.

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