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Seeking to Deliver Renewable Energy Infrastructure within an ‘Incomplete and Vague’ Legal Framework

Alison Hardiman


It is of significant concern that the current proposal to amend the Renewable Energy Directive cites factors including an incomplete and vague legal framework as constituting the main barrier to delivery of renewable energy infrastructure. An absence of legal certainty is both a barrier to private sector investment within the energy sector and incompatible with the success of the EU’s ‘open method of coordination’ in respect of renewable energy infrastructure targets. While the proposed amendment to RED II includes narrow and specific attempts to simplify this project authorisation process for prospective developers of renewable energy infrastructure, the problem in fact requires more holistic reform. If EU climate energy targets are to be capable of achievement, large scale investment must be incentivized through provision of a transparent and predictable process within a legal regime that is fit for purpose.

Alison Hardiman is a PhD candidate at the UCC School of Law. For Correspondence: <>


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