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Client: Burges Salmon
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Description

Following its acquisition of rights over the territorial sea and seabed around Jersey in 2015, the States of Jersey in the Channel Islands want to promote, facilitate and regulate renewable energy activities, such as offshore wind and marine and tidal energy projects. Xodus in partnership with the law firm Burges Salmon LLP were engaged by the States of Jersey to develop and produce Drafting Instructions for Offshore Renewable Energy Law.

In the short term the most likely offshore renewables project was a possible extension into Jersey waters of a French wind farm development at St Brieuc, with the electricity generated exported to France (and not landed on Jersey). Therefore the drafting instructions did not need cover any aspect of onshore renewable energy development, nor any linkage of an offshore project to the Jersey electricity grid. The later would entail extensive revisions of the Jersey Electricity Act and was recommended to be undertaken as and when it was likely projects may want to input to the Jersey electricity grid.

Findings from a workshop held in Jersey identified that the best approach was to implement the legislative requirements via revised provisions on offshore renewable energy to the existing Planning and Building Law.

Scope

  • Production of detailed comparative table of key features of offshore renewable energy legislation in the UK, France, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark
  • Two day Policy Review Workshop in Jersey 
  • Development of a comprehensive Information Portal to record and collate all relevant Jersey policies and legislation, and the relevant laws collected from other jurisdictions for comparative purposes
  • Recommendations for future requirements and guidance beyond immediate legislative requirements

Value Added

  • Participation in Policy Review Workshop on Offshore Renewables with States of Jersey
  • Consideration of Existing Policy; Consenting and EIA Legislation and Provisions
  • Recommendations on approach to Policy, Consenting and EIA for offshore renewables