6 October 2021

Westermeerwind Wind Farm successful in subsidy proceedings

Arjan Kleinhout
Annelieke Anbeek
Claire van der Hoeven

De Brauw successfully represented Westermeerwind Wind Farm - the largest Dutch near-shore wind farm, located in the Noordoostpolder and generating an amount of energy comparable to what 160,000 households consume - in objection and in appeal proceedings before the Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (CBB) against the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The case centred on the government's intention to recover tens of millions of euro in wind farm subsidies based on alleged non-compliance with state aid rules. On 26 April 2021, the CBB ordered a recalculation of the subsidy reduction in favour of the Westermeerwind wind farm.