Smart Grids in the European Union: Assessing Energy Security, Regulation & Social and Ethical Considerations

87 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2017

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Rafael Leal-Arcas

Queen Mary University of London - School of Law

Feja Lesniewska

University of London - School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Filippos Proedrou

University of South Wales

Date Written: October 31, 2017

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to provide an analysis of smart grids in the European Union (EU) as a way forward to reach sustainable energy. It does so by assessing the energy security, regulatory, and social and ethical aspects of smart grids in the EU. The article represents a significant milestone in the upscaling of the various aspects of smart grid technology across the EU. It deals with smart grid deployment and their impact on energy security with a view to a stronger role of prosumers in the energy market. It also analyses smart grid regulation. Specifically, it examines the existing legal frameworks that impact smart grids in the EU. It outlines existing EU Directives and assesses the level of implementation of these Directives in various EU Member States. This article also assesses the extent to which the existing legal frameworks facilitate the development of smart grids and proposes areas of further regulatory consideration. The article then explores the social and ethical dimension of smart grids in the context of the collaborative economy, the circular economy, and digital technology, including cybersecurity and data-management issues.

Keywords: smart grids; prosumers; sustainability; energy security; demand response; electricity storage; collaborative economy; circular economy; cybersecurity; data protection

Suggested Citation

Leal-Arcas, Rafael and Lesniewska, Feja and Proedrou, Filippos, Smart Grids in the European Union: Assessing Energy Security, Regulation & Social and Ethical Considerations (October 31, 2017). Columbia Journal of European Law, Forthcoming; Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 263/2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3062957

Rafael Leal-Arcas (Contact Author)

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Feja Lesniewska

University of London - School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) ( email )

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London, WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

Filippos Proedrou

University of South Wales ( email )

Caerleon Campus
Lodge Road
Pontypridd, Wales CF37 1DL
United Kingdom

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