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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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Renewable Energy in National Legislation: Challenges and Opportunities

Renewable Energy in National Legislation: Challenges and Opportunities

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(p.183) 9 Renewable Energy in National Legislation: Challenges and Opportunities
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Beyond The Carbon Economy
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Richard L. Ottinger

Lily Mathews

Nadia Elizabeth Czachor

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532698.003.0009

Energy from renewable sources holds great promise for meeting the energy and development needs of countries throughout the world, without the negative external impacts of fossil fuels. This promise is particularly strong for developing countries where many areas have not yet committed to fossil fuel dominance, and where some two billion people have no access to electricity. Renewable energy sources vary widely in technical and economic characteristics, and include a considerable number of proven and emerging technologies. Hydropower, wind energy, biomass, geothermal energy, and solar energy are the most established and widely used types of renewable energy. Virtually every expert who has addressed the energy aspects of sustainable development and the need to move to a low-carbon future has concluded that renewable resources should play a major role. This chapter examines the economic, social, and legal barriers that prevent established renewable energy resources from reaching their potential and how they can be overcome by implementing effective types and mixes of legislation.

Keywords:   renewable energy sources, legislation, sustainable development, barriers, fossil fuels, hydropower, wind energy, biomass, geothermal energy, solar energy

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