UEF Law School’s 5th annual ENERGY TRANSITIONS conference

I usually don’t do posting for conferences. But I’ve gotten a lot from attending this conference in past years. So those interested in a broad range of topics (see the list below) I suggest you attend the Energy Transitions conference at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu.

Notable (in my opinion) will be the energy justice sessions.

University of Eastern Finland
University of Eastern Finland – still lots of snow in March
UEF Law School’s 5th annual ENERGY TRANSITIONS conference
 
 
UEF Law School, in cooperation with the UEF Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law, (CCEEL) is pleased to announce the call for papers for its 2017 international and European energy law and policy conference “ENERGY TRANSITIONS”.  The event will take place on 9 and 10 March 2017 in Joensuu, Finland.
 
 
The planned sessions include:

– Developments in the power sector

– Developments in the gas sector

– Nuclear relations

– Energy efficiency and energy storage

– Demand-side management and the role of consumers in the energy transition

– Energy sector disputes and dispute resolution

– Low carbon energy sources: regulation and policies

– Emerging issues in upstream oil

– Energy and carbon taxation
– Energy law and theory
– Energy justice
 
The above mentioned sessions serve only as examples, paper proposals on other related topics as well are welcomed.
 
 
Paper submission:
 
An expression of interest should:
      take the form of a title and an abstract (100 – 200 words) and
      indicate the name, institutional affiliation and contact details of the author(s).
 
The deadline for expressions of interest is 16 December 2016.
 
Papers should:
      be in the range of 5 000 to 8 000 words;
      indicate the name, institutional affiliation and contact details of the author(s).
 
The deadline for submission of papers is 17 February 2017.
 
 
Both expressions of interest and the papers should be sent to: energytransitions (a) uef.fi.
 

Social program:
After the event, there is a possibility to spend the weekend (11 and 12 March) at a ski and spa resort at Koli. More information available at www.koli.fi/en/. Transportation provided by the organizer. Spouses welcome.
 
More information on the conference will be available at a later stage at www.uef.fi/cceel.
 
The organizers would also like to invite lawyers, members of the industry, academics, regulators, etc. to join us and follow the event in Joensuu. Thanks to the kind support of Academy of Finland (Impact of shale gas in EU energy law and policy; regulatory and institutional perspective, UEF Law School and EL-TRAN Consortium Transition towards a Resource Efficient and Climate Neutral Energy System, University of Tampere) the attendance is free of charge.

New Journal Article: The Power of Policy Regimes: Explaining Shale Gas Policy Divergence in Bulgaria and Poland

The Power of Policy Regimes: Explaining Shale Gas Policy Divergence in Bulgaria and Poland

Authors: Andreas Goldthau and Michael LaBelle

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Abstract

Shale gas policies vary significantly across Europe, notably in Russia-dependent Central Eastern Europe. Most strikingly, Bulgaria banned shale gas, whereas Poland remains firmly committed to fostering it despite its drawbacks. This article uses a policy regime approach to explain the shale gas puzzle. Drawing on a large set of interviews, the piece investigates regime strength as the causal factor that explains the adoption of specific shale gas laws (Poland) or a fracking ban (Bulgaria). It finds that the Polish shale gas policy regime was strong, based on a powerful political narrative and characterized by an institutional process ensuring the buy-in of actors from relevant policy levels and subsystems. In Bulgaria the policy regime was weak, failed to co–opt key stakeholders, and was institutionally ill-designed. The findings show how different degrees of policy regime strength translate into diverging policy trajectories in two countries that otherwise operate in similar environments.

The article can be found here.