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BOOK chapter / Energy Law & Policy

The Framework for Supporting Renewable Energy in Europe: Implementing Directive 2009/28/EC

Author(s): AHNER Nicole

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ABSTRACT

The deployment of renewable energy sources (RES) lies at the heart of any effective strategy combating climate change. Moreover, in addition to environmental benefits, the use of RES is also considered essential for diversifying the (EU) energy supply of the European Union. On 25 June 2009 a new directive came into force. Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources is expected to reform the law regulating the promotion of RES in Europe. This chapter reveals the main features of this Directive. It does so by addressing the current state of play with regard to the promotion of RES within the EU, proceeds to discuss the legal basis for the 2009 Directive and introduces the key changes for Europe’s renewables framework.