RFG publication series published
Vienna (OTS) – Due to the energy transition, municipalities find themselves at the center of a change that holds both opportunities and challenges. Especially under the impression of the ever faster advancing climate changes, rapidly rising energy prices, impending supply bottlenecks and not least the constantly changing legal situation, a solid legal foundation is necessary to make the energy transition a win-win situation for municipalities and all residents.
The publication series Recht & Finanzen für Gemeinden (RFG) (Law & Finance for Municipalities) takes up a special topic with particular practical relevance several times a year. Attorney [Johannes Hartlieb]
Attorney [Mario Laimgruber]
(founding members of the practice group [360° Renewable Energy] (https://www.360ee.at/) of the law firm Haslinger / Nagele Rechtsanwälte), as editors of the recently published double volume “Gemeinde in der Energiewende” (Municipality in the energy transition), together with other authors, have presented essential legal topics of the energy transition at the municipal level in a practical manner. This is supplemented by the tax perspective of the experts from [Mazars Austria] (https://www.mazars.at/) (Günther Mayrleitner and Christoph Nolz). Further authors of the volume are Stephan Cejka (Siemens AG Austria), [Christoph Juricek]
Krasznai] (https://www.haslinger-nagele.com/team/reka-krasznai/) and [Emil Nigmatullin]
Haslinger / Nagele).
As central subjects of the energy transition, municipalities can play a formative role in shaping the energy transition through the performance of their municipal authority tasks and the use of their economic resources. In this context, an ever-increasing involvement of the community population is also possible in the energy context, for example in the context of energy communities. At the same time, the financing options for the use of renewable energy sources are expanding – most recently, for example, with the introduction of investment subsidies and market premiums through the Renewable Energy Sources Act. Furthermore, municipalities have always had a special scope for action within the framework of spatial planning. This includes local energy spatial planning, which can be a catalyst for the energy, building and mobility transition.
In this sense, the volume offers an overview of electricity-related topics, renewable energy communities, local energy spatial planning and related interrelationships under plant law, as well as subsidies and taxes, and can be understood as a comprehensive basis for municipal projects in the field of energy transition.
“In a federalist state, the municipalities form the basis of the community, without whose contribution the energy transition cannot succeed either. We are pleased to be able to support the Austrian municipalities in this with the series of publications.”
Dr. Johannes Hartlieb, BSc
“The use of energy communities by and in municipalities is a prime example of the path towards the energy transition for everyone and will increase the acceptance of renewable energy.”
Mag. Kaleb Kitzmüller, LL.M.
“The role of municipalities in the energy transition must not be underestimated at all. With our great team, we have created a reference book for municipalities and other stakeholders that provides practical input on the many issues of the energy transition.”
Ing. Mario Laimgruber, LL.M.
Haslinger / Nagele Rechtsanwälte GmbH
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