Skrastins & Dzenis, in cooperation with Bulgaria's Legal Solutions Partners, has participated in a project involving energy performance contracting in Latvia for public buildings and street lighting projects.
According to Skrastins & Dzenis, "the project’s overall objective was to design and customize a tender procedure for the public procurement, contracting, assignment, development, and maintenance of energy efficiency investments in public buildings and street lighting systems."
According to Skrastins & Dzenis, it and Legal Solutions Partners "drafted a template document package to be used by a wide number of Latvian central and local government owned buildings and also by local government owned buildings and street lighting systems for contracting energy efficiency investments in form of energy performance contracting (EnPC) starting from late 2017. In order to reach the set aim of the project an in-depth legal analysis of the Latvian and European Union law applicable to the EnPC in Latvia was carried out. The Skrastins & Dzenis team also engaged in discussions and conducted seminars regarding EnPC in Latvia with a variety of involved parties and possible investors and their stakeholders."
The firm reports that "the execution of this complex and broad project took our team seven months and as of now it has come to a close." According to Skrastins & Dzenis, the firm's team "has reached the aim set by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; i.e., it has designed and customized a tender procedure and drafted an impressive package of template documents for successful EnPC in Latvia. The document package includes a template Energy performance contract for public sector facilities and a template Energy performance contract for street lighting facilities as well as variety of other documents such as guidelines and legal reports for concluding EnPC contracts in Latvia."
Overall Skrastiņš & Dzenis in cooperation with Bulgarian law firm “Legal Solutions Partners” has developed a sound and practical contractual framework and template documents and contracts for EnPC in Latvia which might facilitate renovations of public sector buildings and energy efficiency optimization.
The Skrastins & Dzenis team was headed by Senior Partner Verners Skrastins and included Attorney-at-Law Andra Berzkalne.