Published 22 October 2018
State aid law and policy have played an important role in the European energy sector since the start of the efforts to build an internal energy market 30 years ago. As emphasised in the editors’ preface to this book, State aid to the energy sector is now the second largest category of aid in the Member States. At the same time, EU energy market legislation has become increasingly comprehensive and complex over the last years. This development combined with the fact that EU State aid is a complicated area of law on its own makes the issue of State aid in the energy sector a difficult area to manoeuvre.
According to the editors, Leigh Hancher, Adrien de Hauteclocque and Francesco Maria Salerno, the book State aid and the energy sector “fills a gap in the literature by systematically addressing the issues raised by the use of EU State aid control in the context of the energy transition”. Indeed, the book succeeds in bridging this gap and uniting complex areas of law and policy. The editors have chosen to pair authors with a variety of backgrounds and experience to contribute to an impressive book of almost 600 pages combining analytical depth and thorough sector understanding. As is its purpose, the book should appeal to both academics and professionals with an interest for the EU energy sector and State aid.
State Aid and the Energy Sector - Editor(s): Leigh Hancher, Adrien de Hauteclocque, Francesco Maria Salerno. 2018, Hardback, 640 pages, ISBN: 9781509913688, Hart Publishing.