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The energy industry is a particularly important sector of the economy. Fossil fuel sources provide a state with a source of financial revenue and potential to secure energy supplies. This comes at a cost: health and safety risk or environmental degradation. A regulatory and commercial framework has to be provided to facilitate and control these developments. Alternatives to fossil fuels exist, such as hydropower, wind, solar and nuclear. These are preferable from a climate change perspective but these, too, present legal and regulatory challenges, as does the process of providing a secure and affordable energy supply to end-point consumers.
|Second Sub Session
|15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
A transition from reliance on fossil fuels to low-carbon renewable energy is essential for mitigating climate change and for making energy supplies more sustainable. The course considers the challenges and concerns that this fundamental change in the nature of energy supplies gives rise to, and explores law’s role in addressing them. The course examines the legal regimes impactin gon the low carbon energy transition at international, EU and UK levels, and considers how law can be used to address significant constraints on the growth of renewable energy including difficulties with grid access and public opposition to wind energy development.
To provide students with an overview of the key issues in energy law, particularly in the UK. The course further aims to permit students to develop their critical and analytical skills by considering relevant energy policy and other contextual material and integrating such material into their analysis.
Main Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding
Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of a number of issues in energy law and sustainability. The particular areas studied will vary from
time to time depending on factors such as current developments in the law and the research interests of staff involved, but irrespective of the topics selected, students will have an opportunity to:
Subject Specific Skills and Concepts
Students will be able to:
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
There are no assessments for this course.
|ILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.