Elektrizitätswerk der Stadt Zürich’s Cooperation Agreement With Ostwind International SAS


Watson Farley & Williams advised Elektrizitätswerk der Stadt Zürich on its cooperation agreement with Ostwind International SAS for the development, construction and joint operation of ten onshore wind farm projects in France.

The new projects are to be built near ewz’s existing wind farms Epinette, Gaincourt, Autremencourt and Vihiersois by 2027. With 69 turbines and a total capacity of 175 MW, the new wind farms will produce circa 450 GWh of renewable energy once commissioned. This will increase ewz’s wind energy production to c. 1.5 TWh, which corresponds to one third of its current energy production, clearly demonstrating how this new agreement significantly expands its footprint in France.

ewz has provided the Swiss city of Zurich with its electricity supply since its foundation in 1890, and increasingly from environmentally friendly energy sources. Since 2008, ewz has been purchasing turbines and taking stakes in various wind farm projects, primarily outside of Switzerland in Germany, France, Norway and Sweden. Through the cooperation with Ostwind, ewz is further strengthening its role on the French wind energy market.

Ostwind is one of France’s most experienced wind farm developers with 350 MW connected to the French grid.

The multi-disciplinary WFW Germany team advising ewz was led by Hamburg Corporate Partner and WFW Germany Head Dr Marcus M Bechtel (Picture). He was supported on by Managing Associate Tanja Mado, Senior Associate Robert Müller and Associates Muteber Yalcin and Lars Hillmann. Partner Dr Christine Bader led on regulatory matters, with Partner Sven Fretthold, supported by the Associates Nikolas Göllner and Marie-Theres Recifo, leading on finance-related matters.

Involved fees earner: Christine Bader – Watson Farley & Williams; Laurent Battoue – Watson Farley & Williams; Marcus Bechtel – Watson Farley & Williams; Antoine Bois-Minot – Watson Farley & Williams; Mohamed Douib – Watson Farley & Williams; Gautier Dupuy – Watson Farley & Williams; Sven Fretthold – Watson Farley & Williams; Romain Girtanner – Watson Farley & Williams; Lars Hillmann – Watson Farley & Williams; Adrien Launay – Watson Farley & Williams; Hugues Leroux – Watson Farley & Williams; Tanja Mado – Watson Farley & Williams; Inès-Ana?s Martinet – Watson Farley & Williams; Anthony Pilon – Watson Farley & Williams; Guillaume Pouyet – Watson Farley & Williams; Thomas Rabain – Watson Farley & Williams; Marie-Theres Recifo – Watson Farley & Williams; Pierre Thévenin-Montefiore – Watson Farley & Williams; Muteber Yalcin – Watson Farley & Williams; Marine Yzquierdo – Watson Farley & Williams;

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