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20 Aug 2020: The First Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court has ruled that the exclusion of the Kaikas offshore wind project from the WindSeeG transitional tenders in 2017-2018 without compensation for costs incurred during preliminary planning stages was unlawful. ' Wpd won the rights for the Kaikas project in 2013 but in 2015 the BSH halted licensing procedures in zones 3-5 due to lack of prospects for near-term grid connections. The project was then excluded from entering the 2017-2018 transitional tenders which were tendered under the WindSeeG Law which came into force in 2017 and was not granted a "right of entry" for later tenders as other approved wind farms were.. Wpd submitted a lawsuit against the WindSeeG Act in 2017 claiming that "In order to meet the regulatory requirements, we have invested a significant amount, then lost all possibilities for implementation through a system change". The Court ruled that wpd was to receive compensation. However, wpd chief operating officer Achim Berge Olsen has stated that he is unsatisfied with the  “financial compensation” as wpd is more concerned that an approved project is unable to be built and contribute to targets. Industry body BWO, comments that "it is absolutely incomprehensible why a project that has already been approved should not be built". The BWO took the opportunity to criticise recent ammendments to the WindSeeG Law in June 2020 which would see introduction of a second bid component. BWO state that this will devalue the "right of entry" as it considerably reduces the profitability and thus the likelihood of projects being realized. It would effectively create a "negative bid" scenario which was excluded form the original WindSeeG law in 2017.
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