Governing Renewable Energy in the EU: Confronting a Governance Dilemma
In the paper 'Governing Renewable Energy in the EU' Andrew Jordan et al. are elaborating on the challenges and governance dilemmas EU governors face when trying to balance multiple objectives and conflicting interests between policy areas and Member States in order to achieve a deeper integration of European energy policy.
While the promoting of renewable energy sources (RES) has been addressed as a key strategy in order to mitigate climate change, its governance has turned out to be a challenge for the EU. The authors argue that, although the concern for climate change stimulates energy policy, a closer look at the development of European RES policy reveals a range of governance dilemmas EU governors face when they are aiming to balance various objectives and conflicting interests. In this context, the main drivers for RES policy coordination arise from intern market concerns instead of climate change. Due to increasing concerns with regard to energy insecurity and climate change, recently the EU was forced to achieve a deeper policy coordination in terms of more integrated energy markets. Although this apparently creates good preconditions for further harmonisation of internal markets, it still remains uncertain if the Member Stats and their citizens are ready to agree on new efforts towards a deepened integration of European energy policy.