The Loyola de Palacio Series on European Energy Policy honours Loyola de Palacio (1950-2006), former Vice-President of the European Commission and EU Commissioner for Energy and Transport (1999-2004), a pioneer in the creation of an EU Energy Policy. This series aims to promote energy policy research, develop academic knowledge and nurture the 'market for ideas' in the field of energy policy making. It will offer informed and up-to-date analysis on key European energy policy issues (from market building to security of supply; from climate change to a low carbon economy and society). It will engage in a fruitful dialogue between academics (including economists, lawyers, engineers and political scientists), practitioners and decision-makers. The series will complement the large range of activities performed at the Loyola de Palacio Chair currently held by Professor Jean-Michel Glachant (Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies at European University institute in Florence, Italy, and University Paris-Sud 11).