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Thomas Schomerus

Abstract Support mechanisms for renewable energy in the power, heating/cooling and transport sectors form a core element of climate change mitigation law. The most common and effective instruments are feed-in-tariffs granted to energy producers. Feed-in-premiums oblige producers to sell the energy on the market, granting them an extra premium to cover higher production costs. Quota obligations, sometimes called renewable portfolio standards, are not price but quantity based. They address energy suppliers, requiring them to purchase a certain quota of renewable energy. As the most competitive of all systems, tendering and auction schemes are becoming increasingly popular. Fiscal incentives such as production tax credits lay the burden on the taxpayer. They often lacked sufficient reliability for producers. Legal problems with these instruments manifest themselves, for example, if binding supranational or national targets are not met, in conflicts with world trade or supranational common market law, or with regard to competition law.
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Renewable Energy Law in the EU

Legal Perspectives on Bottom-up Approaches

Edited by Marjan Peeters and Thomas Schomerus

This timely book examines the role played by regional authorities in the EU in the transition towards renewable energy. Drawing on both academia and practice, the expert contributors explore some of the key legal questions that have emerged along the energy transition path. Specific attention is paid to support mechanisms, administrative procedures for authorizing renewable energy projects, and opportunities for allowing citizens, particularly citizens living near renewable energy projects, participate financially in renewable energy production.