RELP 3/2013



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Dominic Marcellino
Editorial
Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review 3/2013: pp. 159-160 [Editorial]
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The American Friends of Bucerius, Linklaters, and Ecologic Institute hosted a panel discussion at the German House in New York City on 21 October 2013, which I moderated. The panel attempted to answer the question: “Can shale gas and renewables coexist?”

Madeline Taylor
Ethanol at the Crossroads: Fuelling the Potential of International Trade in Ethanol
Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review 3/2013: pp. 161-174 [Article]
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From the high point of cooperation between the US and Brazil in 2007, Brazil is now emerging as the ethanol leader at odds and in direct competition with the US domestic ethanol industry. It is this battle for ethanol supremacy which assists in an understanding of the political climate, international regulation and resulting domestic legislation since the partnership between the US and Brazil in 2007. Currently, no government or international organisation has created a coherent set of policies and laws to encourage increased worldwide use and regulation of ethanol. This paper will argue that a structured, systematic and uniform ethanol market mechanism administered by the WTO is required to stimulate and regulate the international trade in ethanol. Ethanol is the first biofuel with the potential to create an effective alternative energy trade which offers developed and developing nations an alternative to an oil-based economy and a platform to boost economic development and exports.

Dr. Olivia Woolley
Reforming Gas Sector Governance to Promote Biomethane Injection
Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review 3/2013: pp. 175-188 [Article]
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Several Member States of the European Union have taken measures to promote the injection of biomethane into natural gas grids, but its production is being restricted by the cost of network access and by pipeline capacity constraints. The article proposes new arrangements for governing gas networks that would address these difficulties, and, in doing so, provide support for the growth of a biomethane sector. It also argues that stronger legal intervention is required to ensure the displacement of natural gas by lower carbon alternatives in connection with mitigating climate change.

Glen Plant
Offshore Renewable Energy Development in the British Islands: Legal and Political Risk
Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review 3/2013: pp. 189-228 [Article]
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In Part 1 of this two-part article, it was argued that: offshore renewable energy development is a central pillar of United Kingdom plans for a largely decarbonised economy by mid-century; in order to reach ambitious climate change targets and budgets, and a related renewables target, step changes are needed in levels of investment in offshore generating stations, electricity transmission networks and related supply chains; and so key aims must be driving down costs and delivering for investors short-term certainty and longer-term visibility (balanced, of course, with a degree of policy flexibility). The first of the twomainmechanisms in which the law will play a major part in meeting those key aims, Electricity Market Reform (EMR), was discussed in Part 1, in the context of political and legal risk for investors, to the extent that EMR had emerged by 24 July 2013. It should be noted that the relevant political landscape has changed fundamentally since that date, warranting an update of Part 1 now. The secondmechanism, removing barriers to offshore renewable energy development through improving or introducingmajor infrastructure planning,marine planning, licensing consents, environmental management, transmission network (grid) access and use/amenity accommodation and decommissioning processes, are now discussed in this second part, following the above-mentioned update. Account will again be taken of developments in Devolved Administrations and the Crown Dependencies. The piece is up to date as of 19 September 2013.

Beeta Lashkari
Comparing Verification of Renewable Fuel and Carbon Credits
Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review 3/2013: pp. 229-238 [Article]
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Where prevalent fraud exists, markets are bound to crash. The same is true for credit fraud in environmental markets. In order for both the renewable fuel market, as set forth by the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program, and the carbon market, as established by the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to function effectively, their respective credits must be appropriately verified. It is not enough to simply enforce compliance. In this article, it is argued that the Environmental Protection Agency would improve the renewable fuel market’s chances of survival by adopting the more rigorous credit verification process required under the Clean Development Mechanism for the carbon credit market.

Eirini-Alexia Xeniti and Ioanna Mersinia
The Greek “Special Solidarity Levy” on RES Electricity Producers and its Questioned Compatibility with EU Renewable Energy Law and Policy
Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review 3/2013: pp. 239-242 [Report]
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The adoption of Law 4093/2012,1 in November 2012, has introduced a new taxation framework for energy production from Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in Greece. More precisely, a tax levy has been introduced and imposed on RES producers’ turnover for the period 2012–2014, thus leading to a de facto retroactive reduction of the applicable feed-in-tariff (FiT) paid to renewable electricity producers according to the already concluded Power Purchase Agreements with the competent Operator.


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