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Renewable Energy Law and Policy in the European Union

Renewable Energy Law and Policy in the European Union

The EU has embarked upon a fundamental change in direction of its energy policy, with the agreement by the European Council of the 20-20-20 targets, all by 2020!
The new legislative framework presently being finalised to put this in practice will have profound effects on all those active in the energy industry. Achieving a 20% share of renewables in the EU's energy mix will require massive investments; an increase by roughly 10 times the level of wind and solar energy presently installed in Europe today in a period of just 12 years.
This all creates huge challenges and opportunities for EU business. A full understanding of support schemes, obligations and planning requirements is vital for both industry and its advisors.
This volume provides a complete working guide to the new EU legislation.

Authors

Edited by:
Paul Hodson
Head of Unit, Energy Efficiency, DG ENER, EC
Christopher Jones
Deputy Director General, DG ENER, EC
Hans van Steen
Head of Unit, Renewables and CSS Policy, DG ENER, EC

Written by:
Andrea Hercsuth
R&D International relations manager, CENER; former Policy Officer, DG ENER, EC
Paul Hodson
Head of Unit, Energy Efficiency, DG ENER, EC
Tom Howes
Deputy Head of Unit, Renewables and CSS Policy, DG ENER, EC
Christopher Jones
Deputy Director General, DG ENER, EC
Emese Kottasz
Consultant, UNIDO, Renewable and Energy Unit;
former Policy Officer, DG ENER, EC
Niels Ladefoged
Member of Cabinet, Commissioner Hedegaard, EC
Hans van Steen
Head of Unit, Renewables and CSS Policy, DG ENER, EC

Highlights & Contents

  • The economic, environmental and energy security rationale underpinning the new proposals
  • National renewable targets, levels and enforcements mechanism
  • The trading of renewable energy credits and guarantees of origin
  • Biofuels: obligations, sustainability, the Fuel Quality Directive
  • Grid access rules priority access in practice
  • The EU's electricity grid: how will it need to evolve to incorporate the new renewable electricity