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Renewable Energy Law in the EU
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Renewable Energy Law in the EU

Legal Perspectives on Bottom-up Approaches

9781783473182 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Marjan Peeters, Professor of Environmental Policy and Law, Maastricht University, the Netherlands and Thomas Schomerus, Professor of Energy and Environmental Law, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany
Publication Date: 2015 ISBN: 978 1 78347 318 2 Extent: 352 pp
This timely book examines the role played by regional authorities in the EU in the transition towards renewable energy. Drawing on both academia and practice, the expert contributors explore some of the key legal questions that have emerged along the energy transition path. Specific attention is paid to support mechanisms, administrative procedures for authorizing renewable energy projects, and opportunities for allowing citizens, particularly citizens living near renewable energy projects, to participate financially in renewable energy production.

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This timely book examines the role played by regional authorities in the EU in the transition towards renewable energy. Regional governments generally have important decision-making powers concerning energy transition, but they may encounter resistance to the establishment of renewable energy activities in their communities.

Drawing on both academia and practice, the expert contributors explore some of the key legal questions that have emerged along the energy transition path. Specific attention is paid to support mechanisms, administrative procedures for authorizing renewable energy projects, including the relevance of procedural rights as set out in the Aarhus Convention, and opportunities for allowing citizens, particularly citizens living near renewable energy projects, participate financially in renewable energy production. Based on experiences in several Member States (Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands) improvements to the content and application of the law are discussed. The book shows the complexities of renewable energy law, which will most likely become a controversial field of law in the near future.

Providing a much-needed contribution to the literature, this is the first book to map legal questions around renewable energy from the perspective of local governments. It will have great appeal to scholars across both law and social sciences, as well as to practitioners in governments, NGOs and law firms.
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‘This is a timely contribution to the body of literature on renewable energy and the role and responsibilities of the local and regional government authorities which must – like it or not – eventually implement it across the European Union. Environmental lawyers, as well as decision makers in local governments throughout the EU will definitely need to acquire this book.’
– The Barrister Magazine
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Contributors: B. Egelund Olsen, S. Fanetti, S. Gaines, K. De Graaf, I. Del Guayo Castiella, L. Holstenkamp, H. Kahl, C. Maly, A. Marseille, M. Meister, G. Michanek, M. Peeters, B. Pozzo, T. Schomerus, H. Thomas














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Contents:

PART I INTRODUCTION
1. Regional Renewable Energy Approaches: An Introduction to Exploring Legal Barriers and Opportunities
Marjan Peeters, and Thomas Schomerus

2. An EU Law Perspective on the Role of Regional Authorities in The Field of Renewable Energy
Marjan Peeters and Thomas Schomerus

PART II SUPPORT MECHANISMS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY
3. Trade Law Constraints to Regional Renewable Energy Support Schemes
Hartmut Kahl

4. Promotion of Renewable Energy Sources by Regions: The Case of The Spanish Autonomous Regions
Iñigo Del Guayo Castiella

5. Transforming the German Feed in Tariff System: Legal Aspects from a Regional Perspective
Henning Thomas

6. Stabilizing the Grid with Regional Virtual Power Plants
Moritz Meister

PART III PLANNING AND PERMITTING RENEWABLE ENERGY
7. Towards Efficient Administrative Procedures for Renewable Energy Projects? The Dutch Experience with the Crisis and Recovery Act
Kars De Graaf and Albert Marseille

8 One National Wind Power Objective and 290 Self-Governing Municipalities
Gabriel Michanek

9. Subnational Resistance Against Renewable Energy: The Case of Italy
Stefano Fanetti and Barbara Pozzo

PART IV LOCAL( FINANCIAL) ENGAGEMENT
10. Regulatory Financial Obligations for Promoting Local Acceptance of Renewable Energy Projects
Birgitte Egelund Olsen

11. Legal Aspects of Local Engagement – Land Planning and Citizens’ Financial Participation in Wind Energy Projects
Christian Maly

12. Local Investment Schemes for Renewable Energy: A Financial Perspective
Lars Holstenkamp

13. Community Wind Power and Solar: Regional Renewable Energy in the United States
Sanford Gaines

PART V CONCLUSION AND PROSPECT
14. Regional Renewable Energy: A String of Legal and Financial Challenges
Marjan Peeters and Thomas Schomerus

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