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Advanced Introduction to Law and Renewable Energy

Joel B. Eisen

This clear and concise book provides an overview of how laws and policies around the world are designed to support and accelerate the growth of renewable energy. Throughout, Professor Eisen focuses on how national and sub-national governments have responded to the revolutionary transformation of the world’s energy system by developing and implementing support programs for renewable energy.
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Joel B. Eisen


The world’s energy system is undergoing a dramatic transition away from fossil fuels toward reliance on renewable energy. Lower costs, increasing concerns about climate change and other factors all point to a greater role for renewable energy in the future. This book is a comprehensive look at the wide variety of laws and policies in use throughout the world to promote renewable energy and secure a clean energy future, using examples from the United States, European Union, China and elsewhere. Whether you are a student, lawyer or policymaker, I hope this introduction enables you to get to know these laws and policies better. The clear, accessible and comprehensive background you get in this book should help you understand and study any nation’s detailed policies.

This book draws on insights I have gathered from over two decades of work on renewable energy law. I am indebted to my colleagues in the United States, Europe, China and elsewhere, too numerous to list individually here, who research, teach and write in the energy law field. Your publications and participation in collaborative academic discussions have influenced my work more than this mere acknowledgement can convey. My special thanks to Catherine Banet, Felix Mormann, Uma Outka, Heather Payne and Joseph Tomain for being extremely generous with their time by reading through my draft manuscripts and offering timely and thoughtful suggestions to improve the book.

Energy law is unavoidably complex, but I have aimed to make it as accessible as possible. Keeping...

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