10 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 the consumption of 160,000 households - in objection proceedings and in appeal proceedings before the Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (CBb) against the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The case revolved around the government's intention to recover tens of millions of euro in subsidies for the wind farm, based on alleged non-compliance with state aid rules. On 26 April 2021, the CBb ordered the minister to recalculate the reduction in subsidy for the Westermeerwind wind farm, in favour of Westermeerwind.