All energy sector utilities are set to play a pivotal role in the transformation to a sustainable society, with electrification increasing the demand for electrical energy, at the same time as power supply becomes more variable due to on-demand fossil-energy powered generators being replaced by intermittent generation from renewable energy sources.


The often-underestimated district heating industry caters to half of Sweden’s heating demands. By investing in plants powered by renewable energy sources, accumulator tanks and other energy storage solutions, the district heating industry plays a more important role in the transformation of Swedish society towards sustainability than most people realize. According to Eurostat, the share of energy from renewable sources in heating and cooling was 66.4 % in Sweden in 2020. There is increasing awareness of the need for investments in electrical grid infrastructure throughout Western Europe. In Sweden, removing grid congestion along the north-south corridor and connecting off-shore wind farms are perceived as focal points. Lawyers help find the commercial impetus for grid investment and establish the durable and predictable rules required for investing in a utility, or in its production and distribution facilities.


Cirio’s energy & infrastructure group assists energy utilities and connecting parties with contracting grid works both under public and private procurement rules. We also negotiate grid connection and transmission agreements, balancing service contracts and advise on specialist matters such as revenue frames. We work in projects establishing sea cables and transmission lines for the export and import of electricity and gas. We are regularly engaged for divestments and investments in district heating and are intimately acquainted with the legal issues surrounding third party access, interlinking and expansion of district heating systems and establishing long-term partnerships between public and private undertakings. Our public procurement specialists often assist throughout all stages in a procurement representing both bidders and utilities.

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