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Beyond The Carbon EconomyEnergy Law in Transition$
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Don Zillman, Catherine Redgwell, Yinka Omorogbe, and Lila K. Barrera-Hernández

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199532698

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532698.001.0001

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Reducing Carbon-Based Electricity Generation: Is the Answer Blowing in the Wind?

Reducing Carbon-Based Electricity Generation: Is the Answer Blowing in the Wind?

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(p.287) 13 Reducing Carbon-Based Electricity Generation: Is the Answer Blowing in the Wind?
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Beyond The Carbon Economy
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Aileen Mcharg

Anita Rønne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532698.003.0013

In 1997, the European Union (EU) resolved to increase the overall share of renewable energy sources (encompassing heating, electricity generation, and transport) within the EU to 12 per cent by 2010. The main reasons for adopting these targets are to mitigate climate change and to increase the diversity and security of European energy supply. This chapter examines some of the obstacles that must be overcome by European energy laws and policies, and assesses the effectiveness of measures that have been adopted to date. Because the legal issues that arise differ depending on the form of renewable energy in question, the chapter concentrates on renewable electricity generation in general, and on wind power in particular. Furthermore, because the means of achieving European renewable targets have, until now, been left largely to individual member states, albeit constrained by European Commission law, two case studies of the development of wind energy in Denmark and the United Kingdom are explored.

Keywords:   European Union, electricity generation, wind energy, renewable energy sources, Denmark, United Kingdom, energy laws, climate change

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