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Regulating the Promotion of Renewable Electricity Consumption and Production: an EU Case Study

Woolley, Olivia (2021) 'Regulating the Promotion of Renewable Electricity Consumption and Production: an EU Case Study.', in Environmental Law, Climate Change, and the Environment. .


Increasing renewable electricity production and consumption is viewed worldwide as a desirable policy goal, for reasons including climate change mitigation and energy security enhancement. However, realising this goal is far from simple. This is due to two related factors – socio-economic lock-in to fossil fuel consumption, and the difficulties associated with integrating renewable generation within electricity systems. Many states therefore use law to support pro-renewables policies, whether by promoting renewable electricity specifically or through removing barriers to the growth of the renewables sector. This chapter uses examples from European Union policy and law on renewable energy to illustrate some of the main respects in which law is used to facilitate renewable electricity production and consumption.

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Publisher statement:This is a draft chapter/article. The final version will be available in Environmental Law, Climate Change, and the Environment edited by M. M. Roggenkamp, K. de Graaf, and R. C. Fleming, forthcoming 2021, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.
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Date deposited:06 May 2021
Date of first online publication:2021
Date first made open access:06 May 2021

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