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Energy Law and Economics

Edited by: Klaus Mathis, Bruce R. Huber

ISBN13: 9783319746357
Published: April 2018
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: Switzerland
Format: Hardback
Price: £101.00

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This book offers an edited volume for all readers who wish to gain an in-depth grasp of the economic analysis of recent developments in energy law and policy in Europe and the United States. In response to waning resources and heightened environmental awareness, many countries are now seeking to redefine their energy mix. Several energy sources are available: coal and oil, natural gas, and a variety of renewables. Yet which of them are capable of addressing core energy-related concerns? Reliability, security, affordability, fairness, and sustainability all have to be taken into account. Further, once a target mix has been identified, two challenges remain for legal scholars: what role does the law play in achieving a specified energy mix, and, how can the law best fulfill that role? The essential energy concerns are just as important in defining the way we shape our energy mix as they are in defining the mix itself.An example of current challenges in energy law and policy can be seen in the pursuit by the German and Swiss governments of the so-called "Energiewende" (energy transition). These policies are intended to enable the transition from a non-sustainable use of fossil and nuclear energy to a more sustainable approach based on renewable energies. On the one hand, the goal is to achieve a decarbonization of the energy economy by reducing the use of fossil energy sources such as petroleum, carbon and natural gas. On the other, and in response to the Fukushima nuclear accident, a phase out is intended to eliminate the dangers of nuclear technologies.

Achieving these goals poses tremendous challenges for the two countries' energy policies - partly because the energy transition will not only affect energy production, but also energy consumption.From a Law and Economics perspective, a number of questions arise: to what extent is it justifiable to rely on markets and continued technological innovation, especially with regard to the present exploitation of scarce resources? To what extent is it necessary for states to intervene in energy markets? Regulatory instruments are available to create and maintain more sustainable societies: command and control regulations, restraints, Pigovian taxes, emission certificates, nudging policies, and more.

If regulation in a certain legal field is necessary, which policies and methods will most effectively spur the sustainable consumption and production of energy in order to protect the environment while mitigating any potential negative impacts on economic development? Do neoclassical and behavioural economics provide us with a suitable framework for predicting the market's complex reactions to a changing energy policy? This book provides theoretical insights as well as empirical findings in order to answer these vital questions.

Energy and Natural Resources Law
Part I Energy Transition
Klaus Mathis, Sustainability Strategies and the Problem of the Rebound Effect
Sebastian Heselhaus, Energy Transition in Law and Economics
Julia Hanni, Energy Transition in Switzerland
Anna-Alexandra Marhold, The Interplay Between Liberalization and Decarbonization in the European Internal Energy Market for Electricity
Felix Ekardt and Jutta Wieding, The Temperature Target of the Paris Agreement and the Forgotten Aspects of a Meaningful Energy Transition
Fabrizio Esposito and Lucila de Almeida, A Shocking Truth for Law and Economics: Consumer Welfare Explains the Internal Market for Electricity Better than Total Welfare
Part II Investment in Infrastructure
Bruce R. Huber, Paying for Energy
James W. Coleman, Energy Market and Policy Revolutions: Regulatory Process and the Cost of Capital
Stephan Meyer, Intergenerational Choice Under Uncertainty: The Case of Future Energy Technologies
Part III Regulatory Innovation
Mariusz J. Golecki and Jaroslaw Beldowski, Creating Social Norms Through Media, Cascades and Cognitive Anchors: Judicial Activism and the Quality of Energy Law from the Perspective of Behavioural Law and Economics
Markus Schreiber, Capacity Mechanisms: An Intervention Needed in Failing Markets?
Rolf H. Weber, Energy Labels - Nudging Policy to Avoid Trade Implications?
Mariusz J. Golecki and Piotr Tereszkiewicz, Consumer Protection on Energy Markets - Selected Insights from Behavioural Law and Economics and Regulatory Practice
Part IV State Aid
Henok Birhanu Asmelash, The Trade and Environment Debate on the Regulation of Energy Subsidies in the WTO: What Kept Fossil Fuel Subsidies Off the Radar Screen?
Regis Lanneau, Promoting Renewable Energies Through State Aid, a Reform is Required
Ana Trias, State Measures in Support of Sustainable Mobility Infrastructure: The Case of Estonia, the Netherlands and Norway.