The Transition to Decentralized Energy: Challenges, Opportunities and Progress

University of Puerto Rico Business Law Journal, Vol. 10, Forthcoming;

Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 310/2019

65 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2019

See all articles by Rafael Leal-Arcas

Rafael Leal-Arcas

Queen Mary University of London - School of Law

Stanislava Boskovic

Queen Mary University of London

Muhammad Syed Abubakr Karimabadi

Queen Mary University of London

Date Written: February 28, 2019

Abstract

The European Union (EU) 2020 Energy Strategy calls for reducing the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the share of renewable energy, and achieving significant energy savings. All EU countries must also increase the share of renewable energy in their transport sectors. EU member states are at various stages of compliance. This article analyses the situations in Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, and Luxembourg. It analyses relevant governance structures in each country and identifies where regulation is conducive to the above goals and where it is acting as a barrier. Given that deregulation and decentralization are part of achieving the EU’s energy strategy, the article examines where each of the four countries stands on that front and what specific initiatives and projects are underway towards greater deregulation and decentralization. Such initiatives include rollouts of smart metering systems and of electric vehicles as well as launching demand response schemes. The article also addresses relevant data protection concerns.

Keywords: decentralized energy, demand response, electric vehicles, deregulation, smart meters, smart grids

JEL Classification: Q4, Q5

Suggested Citation

Leal-Arcas, Rafael and Boskovic, Stanislava and Karimabadi, Muhammad Syed Abubakr, The Transition to Decentralized Energy: Challenges, Opportunities and Progress (February 28, 2019). University of Puerto Rico Business Law Journal, Vol. 10, Forthcoming;; Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 310/2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3344276

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Stanislava Boskovic

Queen Mary University of London ( email )

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Muhammad Syed Abubakr Karimabadi

Queen Mary University of London ( email )

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