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LS501H: LOW CARBON ENERGY TRANSITION: RENEWABLE ENERGY LAW (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:37


Course Overview

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 laws role in addressing them. The course examines the legal regimes for promoting renewable energy 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.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Olivia Woolley

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Law (LS) (Studied) or MSc Energy Politics and Law (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

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 examines law’s role in addressing them. The course covers the relationship between international law (particularly the climate change regime) and the worldwide expansion of renewable energy, legal measures for supporting renewable energy production and transmission in the EU and the UK, the important roles of planning systems and development consent regimes in promoting renewable energy and addressing its environmental impacts and public opposition to renewable energy developments, and the legal issues raised by the rapid expansion of offshore energy generation. The course focuses on EU and UK law, but will also draw from international law and laws in other EU Member States.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc Energy Politics and Law

Contact Teaching Time

30 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

First Attempt: 3 hour exam (75%) and 2,500-word essay (25%). Re-sit Attempt: 3 hour examination.

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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