The European Union’s renewable energy policy is one of the most ambitious attempts to facilitate a transition towards a more sustainable energy system. A new book, ‘A Guide to EU Renewable Energy Policy’, edited by Israel Solorio and Helge Jörgens and published by Edward Elgar, provides a comprehensive guide to the policy, its implementation and reactions, with contributions from a range of key academics- 24 in all. The UK is seen as conflicted: strong on climate policy (often taking a lead), but weak on renewables, resisting EU attempts to set specific national targets for them. An ‘awkward partner’, which has ‘steadily attempted to debilitate EU polices’ on renewables, seeking to defend its interests, which seem to have been mainly free markets and nuclear power! new forms of enterprise are emerging, with new motivations, including co-ops and community energy groups creating local economic value based on renewable energy use. They are no longer a small minority group- around 40% of the renewable capacity in Germany is locally owned, as are many of the wind projects in Denmark. Responding to that, and indeed supporting more, will require new energy policies, legislation, regulation, and governance, not least to make sure the system can still be balanced.
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