Dynamics of EU renewable energy policy integration
Renewable energy policy is very timely topic in the European policy-making as the European Union is facing an urgent need to eliminate its dependence on imports of Russian fossil fuels before 2030 in the context of Russia’s ongoing aggression in Ukraine. Renewable energy is also a key building block to accelerate the energy transition towards climate neutral economy by 2050 and reach EU’s energy and climate objectives for 2050 and beyond. Therefore, integration of renewable energy policy is going to preoccupy EU policymakers for the near future. The broad question that this book aims to address—under what conditions, and how, integration advances in EU’s energy policy domain—hopefully provides perceptive insights into integration dynamics of the EU renewable energy policy. Scholars and policymakers interested in the EU energy policy and the intersection of European integration and public policy, I hope, find it elucidating.
This book is based on the research I have carried out for my doctoral thesis, which I defended in 2014 at the University of South Carolina. This work was inspired by Professor Donald Puchala’s seminar on European integration and greatly benefited from his comments and suggestions. I also wish to extend my foremost gratitude to Harvey Starr, Robert Cox, and Jonas Tallberg for their advice and thoughtful comments throughout the project. As the research progressed from dissertation to a manuscript, the EU commenced negotiations on the 2030 Climate and Energy Framework and the revision of the 2009 renewable energy directive. The scope of this book widened accordingly to incorporate the EU’s latest renewable energy directive (REDII).
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