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The EU`s Toolbox for Action and Support - Tackling Rising Energy Prices?

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    On 13 October 2021 the European Commission realesed a Communication to the European Parliament , in which it proposes measures to tackle the currently soaring energy prices in Europe. The toolbox includes 2 types of measures: some are directed towards the Member States and proposes a set of measures for Member States to pick and choose. A second set of measures is directed towards the EU itself. But will this help to alleviate the currently unfolding energy price crisis? This blogpost analyzes the main tools in this box and assesses them in view of their effectiveness.

Adieu `Mutti´: Germany`s next government? - An Energy and Climate Analysis

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On 26 September 2021 general elections in Germany concluded with a tricky result. Negotations to form a coalition government are complicated. But the aims of which parties overlap the most when it comes to  energy and climate? This blog entry analysis party positions on energy and climate of the 4 most likely German parties in Germany, tipped to play a role in coalition negotiations, namely CDU/CSU, SPD, Grüne and FDP.

Independence of German National Regulatory Authority (NRA) called into Question - Case Comment C-718/18 Commission v Germany

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The Court of Justice of the European Union found on 2 September 2021 in case C-718/18 that Germany failed to properly transpose various provisions of the main EU Energy Directives of the Third Energy Package, namely 2009/72 (electricity) and 2009/73 (gas). Especially the allocation of responsibilities in German energy law ( Energiewirtschaftsgesetz EnWG ) is not in line with the envisaged responsibilities reserved exclusively for national regulatory authorities. In other words: the court found that there is too much possibility for political influence on decisions on network-bound energy in Germany. But what does this mean in detail? Will German Energy Law now have to undergo fundamental revision?

Summer Break

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The energy and climate law blog is on summer break. Enjoy the sun and recharge batteries! The blog returns with new analyses on energy and climate law in Autumn. Many thanks for your support and have a good summer time!

New Publication: Sustainable Energy Democracy and the Law

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Together with colleagues Kaisa Huhta and Leonie Reins, i had the honour of editing the first book project of the International Association of Energy Law. Our book tries to clarify what energy democracy means in legal terms and what influences of the concept are for energy and environmental law. The book has recently been published with Brill .  

New Publication: Encyclopedia Energy Law, Climate Change and the Environment

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  Our Encyclopedia on Energy Law, Climate Change and the Environment has now been published and may be ordered at Edward Elgar . Co-edited with Martha Roggenkamp and Kars de Graaf, I am honoured to have been part of this magnificent team, producing what now turned out to be a truly comprehensive work on the interrelation between energy law and sustainability. Featuring 65 entries written by leading international scholars and practitioners in the field, the volume is organised into eight thematic parts, each focusing on a specific area of the energy sector. This volume of the Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law provides an overview of the major elements of energy law from a global perspective. Based on an in-depth analysis of the energy chain, it offers insight into the impacts of climate change and environmental issues on energy law and the energy sector. Topics covered include international energy cooperation, the regulation and governance of energy markets, legal regime

Podcast: Sustainable Energy Democracy and the Law

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What is the role of law in sustainable energy democracy? How can law help to shape the concept of energy democracy and how can it be translated into concrete legal action? A new podcast by Govtran featuring Kaisa Huhta and Leonie Reins discusses our latest book, forthcoming in September 2021 with Brill , that has been co-authored by brilliant energy and environmental scholars from the International Association of Energy Law.