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A Legal Framework for a Transnational Offshore Grid in the North Sea


ISBN13: 9781780683348
Published: February 2016
Publisher: Intersentia Publishers
Country of Publication: Belgium
Format: Hardback
Price: £138.00



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Most North Sea states consider offshore wind energy as a substantial contributor for reaching their renewable energy targets.

To date, the standard approach for transporting the electricity to shore is to connect each wind farm with an individual park-to-shore cable. However, due to the increasing distance from shore, the scarceness of acceptable cable routes and the potential conflicts with other users of the sea, new concepts are required. To harness offshore wind energy in a more efficient manner, the North Sea states thus consider to develop a transnational offshore grid.

This book examines the legal frameworks applying to offshore grid development under international law, European Union law and national law. It reveals that these legal frameworks have not been developed to facilitate such complex (cross-border) infrastructure. It further identifies the main legal and regulatory barriers that a transnational offshore grid would face. Subsequently, the book gives recommendations on how to address these barriers and how to enable the offshore grid.

This is the first academic contribution that examines the legal framework applying to the offshore grid and that establishes concrete legal solutions. Although the focus is on the North Sea, the book is also relevant for developing complex infrastructure in general.

Subjects:
Energy and Natural Resources Law
Contents:
Introduction (p.
1)
PART I. LEGAL BASES UNDER INTERNATIONAL AND EU LAW
Chapter 1. Rights and Duties under the International Law of the Sea (p.
21)
Chapter 2. Applicability of EU Law and Competences of the EU (p.
67)

PART II. APPLICABLE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR OFFSHORE WIND FARMS AND THE RELATED INFRASTRUCTURE
Chapter 3. Applicable Legal Framework under EU Law (p.
99)
Chapter 4. Applicable Legal Framework under National Law (p.
145)

PART III. IMPLICATIONS OF THE CURRENT LEGAL FRAMEWORKS FOR THE OFFSHORE GRID
Chapter 5. Practical Requirements for and Legal Barriers to the Clustering of Offshore Wind Farms via Offshore Hubs (p.
213)
Chapter 6. Practical Requirements for and Possible Legal Barriers to the Connection of Offshore Wind Farms to Two or More Countries (p.
249)

PART IV. THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK REQUIRED FOR A TRANSNATIONAL OFFSHORE GRID
Chapter 7. Legal Changes Needed at the National Level to Facilitate Clustering of Wind Farms via Offshore Hubs (p.
301)
Chapter 8. An Alternative Legal Framework for Regional Projects (p.
327)