The major title focuses from a broad perspective on the latest developments in the EU Member States in the renewable energy sector as well as on energy efficiency. It also describes energy market legislation with a special focus on market design and system integration including support mechanisms, grid access, licensing, planning, auto production, interconnection, network planning and security of supply and elaborates on structural fund use within the sector.
Renewable Energy has become a game changer in Europe and on the national energy markets. It has started from fairly low participation in the market in the last decade of the last century, mostly driven by traditional hydro and some biomass use, becoming the big winner in new capacity in Europe and worldwide as of to date. Nowadays, access of renewables to the market is being organized differently in the EU 28 Member States with some established patterns such as priority gird access and a majority of countries have used various feed-in mechanisms now, steered by the Directorate General for Competition if the EU Commission towards auctioning systems. We have seen progress and roll-back, legal and investor certainty or the opposite. More and more it is no longer so much about market access of renewables but about a new market design. Incumbent Energy production becomes the obstacle for system change. The coming decade until 2030 will have further barriers to jump but the pathway towards sustainability is set, with different speed restrictions in the various Member States. A look over the big pond to the United States gives further fruitful insight.
- Written by a team of leading experts from present member states plus USA
- Edited by leading environmental lawyer Dörte Fouquet - Partner, Becker Büttner Held (BBH) Director European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF)
- A separate chapter on each country
- A daily working guide for everyone dealing with Renewable Energy