Research Handbook on International Energy Law
Show Less

Research Handbook on International Energy Law

Edited by Kim Talus

International energy law is an elusive but important concept. There is no body of law called ‘international energy law’, nor is there any universally accepted definition for it, yet many specialised areas of international law have a direct relationship with energy policy. The Research Handbook on International Energy Law examines various aspects of international energy law and offers a comprehensive account of its basic concepts and processes.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 17: EU energy efficiency regulation and governance: Lessons for the US?

Lynne Holt and Mary Galligan


The United States (US) and the European Union (EU) have taken different approaches toward energy regulation and governance. The differing approaches are illustrated in their policies on energy efficiency. This chapter compares the two approaches and attempts to explore the question of what lessons the US may glean from the EU's experiences in developing and implementing energy efficiency policies in the area of electricity generation and use. A larger question posed in this chapter is whether an initiative dependent upon the melding actions of separate jurisdictions to meet a collective goal can effectively address an issue as complex as energy efficiency: localized interest in promoting energy efficiency may be in certain cases a lower priority or may even be in conflict with broader, collective federal interests. Conversely, national or international policies may thwart productive localized policies. Finally, this chapter poses several questions for further exploration and research into lessons learned by the EU that might be instructive to the US.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.