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Consenting of tidal energy in the Netherlands

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This is about innovative tidal generators, the related permitting process. New rules/procedures are not the good strategy.
Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, i.e. smaller countries are faster than larger countries such as UK, France, Spain, Portugal.

One stop shop needs optimization effort!


For background docs:
See: Pro-tide.eu (permitting in NL, Fr, UK, B)

But also MERIFIC and IRENA studies on tidal energy and wave/ sal. grad

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Consenting of tidal energy in the Netherlands

  1. 1. EIP Water Meeting Action Group Energy and Water Works Frank Neumann Instituut voor Infrastructuur, Milieu en Innovatie
  2. 2. Permitting activities and…  Advising on permits Natura 2000 for coastal zones - Appropriate Assessment - Mitigation and Nature Inclusive Planning - Compensation and stakeholder issues.  On various expert committees of DG Environment, DG Mare.  Estuary Guidance Group/ E and P Committee Oc E Forum
  3. 3. Conclusions Permitting studies on Wave and Tidal  Permitting Process for innovative tidal generators does not take longer than permitting for conventional infrastructure as e.g. ports, windparks  New rules/procedures not the good strategy  Netherlands, Belgium Denmark, i.e. smaller countries faster track than larger countries as UK, France, Spain, Portugal  One stop shop needs optimization effort! For background docs: See: Pro-tide.eu (permitting in NL, Fr, UK, B) But also MERIFIC and IRENA studies on tidal energy and wave/ sal. grad
  4. 4. Costly and complex steps  Precautionary Principle  Detailed effect assessments on not well explored  fields (e.g. sandspray, underwater noise on certain  species  Proof of effect magnitude etc  Longitudinal costs of monitoring
  5. 5. Favourable time window  Fitness check HD/BD in concluding mode - during Dutch Presidency  EP validated Report on Fitness check on 2 Feb 2016  Commission on the verge of establishing further guidance  Key Jurisprudence coming up following questions of several Member States on Mitigation and compensation, notably Belgium.  Following up on activities European Road Map DG Mare, DG Energy DG Research - 19 February Deadline for comments!
  6. 6. What to do about high costs- delays  Building a European/Internat. Database  Sharing effect and monitoring information  Verify database and anchor institutionally with EUC stakeholders  For more info: Frank.Neumann@imieu.eu 0032.2.511.66.02 www.imieu.eu
  7. 7. What to do about high costs- delays  Building a European/Internat. Database  Sharing effect and monitoring information  Verify database and anchor institutionally with EUC stakeholders  For more info: Frank.Neumann@imieu.eu 0032.2.511.66.02 www.imieu.eu

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