FORT Riga office Partner Sandis Bertaitis participates in a notable conference dedicated to the energy issues
On May 11 2022, the Latvian leading business newspaper “Dienas Bizness” organized conference “Energy 2022”, which can be considered as one of the most important annual conferences in Latvia, dedicated to the energy and related issues. This year, the conference discussed the current critical situation in the energy sector. The main focus was on issues such-as promoting energy independence, restructuring and adapting the sector to new conditions, and the competitiveness and sustainability of renewable energy sources.
The conference was widely attended and attracted several leading companies in the energy sector, incl. JSC “Latvenergo”, JSC “Sadales tīkls”, JSC “Augstprieguma tīkls”, JSC “Latvijas Gāze”, JSC “Conexus Baltic Grid” and SIA “FORTES”, representatives from the Ministry of Economics and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, non-governmental organizations, as well as academics and economists.
FORT Riga office Partner Sandis Bertaitis took part in the conference, giving a presentation on the topic “State Aid Regulations Concerning the Renewable Energy Sources: A Review of the Transformations Over the Past Decade”. The presentation highlighted the shortcomings of the legal framework, which had a negative impact on the wider use of renewable energy sources in energy production. Sandis drew the attention of the audience to the mistakes made in the policy planning and legislative process, so that they could be avoided in the future and the production of energy from renewable energy sources could be promoted more effectively. FORT has an extensive experience in the field of energy law, especially in dealing with the legal framework on the state aid to renewable energy. FORT, as a legal counsel, has been involved, inter alia, in the legislative process, as well as in a number of constitutional and administrative proceedings concerning the legality and application of the laws and regulations on the renewable energy. The presentation for the conference was based on knowledge and experience gained over more than ten years of practice in the energy law.