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A Legal Framework for a Transnational Offshore Grid in the North Sea
A Legal Framework for a Transnational Offshore Grid in the North Sea

A Legal Framework for a Transnational Offshore Grid in the North Sea

Energy and Law

416 Pages, 6.3 x 9.45

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $174.00 (CA $235.00) (US $174.00)

Publication Date: December 2015

ISBN 9781780683348

Rights: US & CA

Intersentia (Dec 2015)

Price: $174.00


Most North Sea states consider offshore wind energy as a substantial contributor for reaching their renewable energy targets. To date, the standard approach for transporting the electricity to shore is to connect each wind farm with an individual park-to-shore cable. However, due to the increasing distance from shore, the scarceness of acceptable cable routes and the potential conflicts with other users of the sea, new concepts are required. To harness offshore wind energy in a more efficient manner, the North Sea states thus consider to develop a transnational offshore grid. This book examines the legal frameworks applying to offshore grid development under international law, European Union law and national law. It reveals that these legal frameworks have not been developed to facilitate such complex (cross-border) infrastructure. It further identifies the main legal and regulatory barriers that a transnational offshore grid would face. Subsequently, the book gives recommendations on how to address these barriers and how to enable the offshore grid.This is the first academic contribution that examines the legal framework applying to the offshore grid and that establishes concrete legal solutions. Although the focus is on the North Sea, the book is also relevant for developing complex infrastructure in general.

Author Biography

Hannah Katharina Mller has studied law with a focus on European and Comparative Law in Bremen, Oldenburg and Groningen. She holds a double LL.M. degree, awarded with distinction from the University of Bremen and from the University of Groningen. After her graduation in 2010, Hannah worked as a research assistant at the Institute of European and Comparative Law at the University of Oxford. In January 2011, she started her PhD on 'A legal framework for a transnational offshore grid' at the Groningen Centre of Energy Law. During her PhD research, she gave presentations at international conferences and published several papers in international journals on the topic. Currently, Hannah works as a researcher at the Groningen Centre of Energy Law within the law faculty of the University of Groningen.