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Energy Transition Law and Economics

  • Sebastian HeselhausEmail author
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Part of the Economic Analysis of Law in European Legal Scholarship book series (EALELS, volume 5)

Abstract

The author analyses the extent to which the energy sector in Europe is suitable for a law and economics approach, especially regarding a policy of energy transition. To this end, the author provides first a short historic overview of energy transitions in the past and of their framework in Europe. Second, the author analyses the aspects of political sovereignty connected with the supply of energy. Third, the legal and political framework for the regulation of the energy sector pursuing an energy transition in the European Union, its Member State Germany, and in Switzerland with the aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions are analysed in detail. Besides the European Union, a specific focus is placed on Germany and Switzerland because both countries have chosen to end the use of nuclear energy as well. Thus, they will have to implement an even broader energy transition. The author shows how individual choices by the market participants are often rendered impossible because of government intervention. Furthermore, he depicts how attempts to liberalise the energy market are faced with approaches to utilise the remains of the former monopoly like structure of the market for the regulatory objectives of energy transitions. This leads to the question whether the transaction-based approaches of traditional and modern economics remain beneficial in analysing energy law.

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Acknowledgement

The author likes to thank Ass. iur. Markus Schreiber, University of Lucerne, for assisting in research and analytical discussions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of LucerneLucerneSwitzerland

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