European Energy Law Report II

The European Energy Law Report II presents an overview of the most important legal developments in the field of EC and national energy law as discussed at the European Energy Law Seminar in 2004. The book covers four different areas of legal development.
Editor(s):
Martha M. Roggenkamp, Ulf Hammer
Reeks:
Energy & Law
Volume:
3
boek | verschenen | 1e editie
mei 2005 | xxviii + 260 blz.

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ISBN 9789050954730


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The European Energy Law Report II presents an overview of the most important legal developments in the field of EC and national energy law as discussed at the European Energy Law Seminar in 2004. The book covers four different areas of legal development.

The first section concentrates on developments in EC law affecting the energy sector. It examines, inter alia, the new EU Constitution and the energy paragraph which has been included; the changes affecting the rules on antitrust and merger control as a result of which (energy) companies operating in the EU will increasingly face a network of competition authorities; the possibility for energy companies to collectively market their jointly produced gas; territorial restrictions in gas purchase contracts; access to pipeline infrastructure and merger control and climate change.

The next section examines the evolution of energy regulators in the EU. Following the entry into force of Directive 2003/54/EC and Directive 2003/55/EC all member states are required to establish an energy regulator. The new directives also provide for the establishment of the European Energy Regulators Group (EERG). The question raised in this book is whether the EERG is a panacea for good governance. Another issue concerns the relationship between the EERG and the national regulators.

The third section focuses on another possible consequence of liberalisation: the privatisation of network companies. Although the situation in the UK differs from other Member States as the liberalisation process is the result of an earlier privatisation, the UK experiences with the regulation of networks illustrate that privatisation not necessarily has a negative impact on the operations of the networks. Some member states, however, consider regulation as an insufficient instrument for safeguarding the networks and security of supply.

The final section is dedicated to issues of gas trading. As gas trading is closely connected to the availability of sufficient infrastructure, two pipeline projects are discussed which are of importance for the UK as well as the EU gas market: the estsablishment of the Balgzand Bacton Line between the Netherlands and the UK and the Langeled pipeline from the Ormen Lange field on the Norwegian continental shelf to the UK. Then, the impact of the liberalisation process on upstream gas contracts in Norway is discussed. The abolishment of the system of joint gas sales and the establishment of an independent operator for all offshore gas pipelines has resulted in a new legal gas regime.

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Table of Contents (p. 0)

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN EC LAW AFFECTING THE ENERGY SECTOR

CHAPTER 1. THE NEW EC CONSTITUTION AND THE EUROPEAN ENERGY MARKET (p. 1)

CHAPTER 2. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN EC COMPETITION LAW – FACING THE NETWORK (p. 15)

CHAPTER 3. THE EU EMISSIONS TRADING DIRECTIVE (p. 31)

CHAPTER 4. THE CO2 REGISTERS (p. 55)

ENERGY REGULATORS IN EUROPE

CHAPTER 5. REGULATORS IN A FEDERAL REGIME: THE BELGIAN CASE (p. 63)

CHAPTER 6. THE NEW GERMAN ENERGY REGULATOR – CONTEXT AND STRUCTURE (p. 83)

CHAPTER 7. THE EUROPEAN ENERGY REGULATORS GROUP: A PANACEA FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE? (p. 99)

PRIVATISATION OF THE ENERGY SECTOR: THE NETWORKS

CHAPTER 8. PRIVATISATION OF ENERGY NETWORK COMPANIES IN UK (p. 117)

CHAPTER 9. OWNERSHIP AS A REGULATORY INSTRUMENT IN A LIBERALIZED ENERGY MARKET: THE DANISH EXPERIENCE (p. 129)

CHAPTER 10. THE UNBUNDLING OF GAS AND ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION GRIDS IN THE NETHERLANDS – THE PROS AND CONS OF A CONTROVERSIAL POLICY INTENTION (p. 147)

GAS TRADING

CHAPTER 11. ESTABLISHMENT AND ROLE OF THE BACTON-BALGZAND PIPELINE WITHIN THE INTERNAL GAS MARKET (p. 171)

CHAPTER 12. THE ORMEN LANGE FIELD, THE LANGELED PIPELINE AND THE NEW UK – NORWAY FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT CONCERNING CROSS-BOUNDARY PETROLEUM COOPERATION (p. 197)

CHAPTER 13. A NEW LEGAL REGIME FOR GAS CONTRACTS (p. 219)

CHAPTER 14. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CAPACITY MARKETS AND SPOT MARKETS IN THE GAS SECTOR (p. 229)

CHAPTER 15. THE DEVELOPMENT OF A GAS EXCHANGE IN THE NETHERLANDS: OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS (p. 243)

Over de reeks

Energy & Law

Energy & Law is a series which closely monitors the developments in energy law. Since the liberalisation of the gas and electricity markets and the development of sustainable energy sources, the European energy markets have been in constant development.

Market players have adapted themselves to these new market circumstances and the market structure of the energy sector has change thoroughly under the influence of free competition. The implementation of the EU liberalisation directives will change the organisation and working methods of the energy markets.

Energy & Law is published in parallel with the Dutch series Energie & Recht.
Editorial Committee:
- Prof. Martha M. Roggenkamp (University of Groningen, the Netherlands) - editor in chief
- Prof K. Deketelaere (University of Leuven, Belgium and University of Dundee, Scotland)

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