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Call for papers: OGEL Special Issue on “Energy Law and Regulation in Low-carbon and Transitional Energy Markets”

Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence (www.ogel.org, ISSN 1875-418X) invites submissions for a special issue on "Energy Law and Regulation in Low-carbon and Transitional Energy Mar...". The guest editors of this special are Professor Raphael J. Heffron, Professor in Global Energy Law & Sustainability, Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee, UK; Dr. Penelope Crossley, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney Law School, Sydney, Australia; and Dr. Tade Oyewunmi, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law (CCEEL), UEF, Finland.

Over the past two decades, the push for sustainability in the development, supply and utilisation of energy resources, especially in industrialised and emerging economies has led to significant changes in the structure, regulation and competitiveness of conventional energy supply systems and markets. The large-scale introduction of intermittent and decentralised renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar in the energy mix of economies which hitherto mainly relied on hydrocarbons and network-bound supplies from systems such as coal-fired power and gas-to-power has its costs and benefits. While renewables may offer important pathways towards decarbonisation and distributed electricity systems, it may be insufficient to meet the energy demands of rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, as well as the construction of modern cities and replace quintessential byproducts of hydrocarbons used in the manufacture of products such as automobiles, mechanical and electronic appliances. Likewise, consolidating state or public support for renewables in the quest for sustainability while adopting liberalised market-led frameworks for other conventional hydrocarbon-based energy systems in the quest for competitiveness and security of supply often lead to technical and regulatory challenges such as rising distribution and transmission network congestion, network resilience and reliability issues, energy affordability, negative wholesale prices and declining profitability of existing conventional power generation systems.

Looking ahead, the emergence of a reliable and competitive international or national market for natural gas, known to be the most environmentally-friendly and efficiency-enhancing hydrocarbon-based source of energy, will be vital in the path towards global energy transitions and decarbonisation. In this regard, this special issue will focus on the role of energy law, policy and regulation in identifying the trade-offs and efficiently managing the costs and benefits of the global transition towards low-carbon energy systems, which will have to remain competitive and commercially secure.

The following is a list of suggested topics (non-exhaustive) on which papers are invited:

  • Upstream petroleum law and contracts in low-carbon energy supply scenarios
  • Identifying the costs and benefits of transitional energy markets (international and national contexts)
  • The role of energy law and policy in the rise of renewable energy and emerging technologies
  • Policy implications of transitional energy supply markets (international and national contexts)
  • The evolving international gas market and transitional 'low-carbon' energy markets
  • The resilience and reliability of energy supply networks in low-carbon economies
  • Implications of decarbonisation for energy industry contracts and project financing
  • Instruments of regulation (e.g. carbon tax) in transitional energy markets
  • Energy Law for the Transition

Abstracts should be submitted by 31 May 2018 to the editors - contact details here - as well as a copy to info@ogel.org. The deadline for the submission of papers is 30 September 2018.

The call for papers is available on the OGEL website here:

For citation style please follow "The Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities" www.law.ox.ac.uk/publications/oscola.php and www.law.ox.ac.uk/published/OSCOLA-4th-edn-Hart-2012.pdf

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