The European Energy Law Report XII (EELR XII) presents an overview of the most important developments in the field of international, EU and national energy and climate law as discussed at the 28th European Energy Law Seminar, held on 23 and 24 January 2017 in The Hague, the Netherlands. Although a wide range of topics and developments were discussed at the seminar, we recognise that the common thread is the promotion of renewable energy sources (RES) and how this affects the need to secure a regular, reliable and affordable energy supply. This is thus also the common theme of this book but, in order to make the information accessible, we have divided the topics into separate sub-themes. With this in mind, the book has been divided into five parts, with each part covering a different development. The order and content of these sections do not necessarily correspond to those of the papers presented at the seminar.
DEVELOPMENTS IN THE EU AND EU CASE LAW AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE ENERGY SECTOR
The first part of this book opens with two chapters examining issues which are relevant to the shaping of the EU and EU energy law. These chapters present the withdrawal of the UK from the EU (Brexit) and recent EU case law respectively. Although this grouping involves two different issues, both are relevant for shaping EU energy law.
Chapter I starts with a highly topical examination of the future of the EU by discussing the impact of Brexit on the energy sector. Although Brexit features on an almost daily basis on television and in the newspapers, its impact on the energy sector has so far hardly been discussed. Silke Goldberg attempts to fill this void with a chapter called ‘Pulling the plug? Brexit and its impact on the Energy Sector ’. She begins by first presenting the background to Brexit and the legal measures taken by the UK Government to initiate it, as well as the possible alternative pathways for a post-Brexit UK-EU relationship (hard vs soft Brexit). How this may impact the energy sector is then highlighted by way of a discussion of the impact of the UK's withdrawal on cross-border energy trade with the EU, as Brexit may result in import/export tariffs on energy and the construction and use of interconnectors between the UK and the EU.