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Andris Piebalgs, Christopher Jones, Piero Carlo Dos Reis, Golnoush Soroush and Jean-Michel Glachant

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Dörte Fouquet

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Toby D. Couture, David Jacobs, Owen Zinaman and Jaquelin Cochran

Th is article presents a novel framework to help understand the evolution of renewable energy policy. In the process, it outlines a number of potential pathways to adapt to the rise of lowcost renewable energy technologies. For decades one of the primary aims of renewable energy policy has been to bridge the cost gap between conventional and renewable energy sources. With this cost gap narrowing and even disappearing in certain cases, the role of renewable energy policy is changing, away from traditional subsidies and toward providing a set of framework conditions that reduce key investment risks and provide investment certainty. Th is article provides a new lens through which to understand this transition: even in a world where renewable energy technologies are the least-cost sources of new power supply, they will still need a stable policy framework, one that supports project bankability, encourages investment in more system flexibility, and that establishes a clear long-term vision for the energy system.

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Martin Borning

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Bernadette Fina, Hubert Fechner and Tara Esterl

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Edited by Martha M Roggenkamp, Kars J de Graaf and Ruven C Fleming

The Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law is a landmark reference work, providing definitive and comprehensive coverage of this dynamic field. The Encyclopedia is organised into 12 volumes around top-level subjects – such as water, energy and climate change – that reflect some of the most pressing issues facing us today. Each volume probes the key elements of law, the essential concepts, and the latest research through concise, structured entries written by international experts. Each entry includes an extensive bibliography as a starting point for further reading. The mix of authoritative commentary and insightful discussion will make this an essential tool for research and teaching, as well as a valuable resource for professionals and policymakers.
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David Favre

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Edited by Michael Faure

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Daisy G Tempelman

Abstract For centuries, natural gas has been one of humanity’s main energy sources. The gas sector is still heavily reliant on natural gas production; however, as natural gas fields contain only a finite quantity of gas, its continued extraction is leading to the resource’s depletion. Furthermore, natural gas production has become a subject of debate, with many considering continued utilisation incompatible with the achievement of international and European climate goals. The need for alternative gases that are less damaging to the environment is becoming increasingly evident. Biomethane has shown itself to be a reliable alternative to natural gas, and if sourced and manufactured responsibly results in no new CO2 emissions. Another alternative, hydrogen, can, through the process of methanisation, be converted into synthetic natural gas (SNG). This chapter discusses the legal aspects of the production and use of biomethane, hydrogen and SNG.
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Edited by Michael Faure