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Multi-level lobbying in the EU: The case of the Renewables Directive and the German energy industry

Abstract

This study examines the lobbying strategies employed by the interest organizations of Germany's energy industries in the process leading up to the EU's Renewable Energy Directive. How did they lobby, and what does this reveal about their perceptions of power relations in the EU? This report focuses on the most controversial part of the Directive: legal prescriptions for support mechanisms to increase the production of renewable energy in Europe. The utilities and the renewables industries disagreed deeply, with the utilities industry favouring an EU-wide green certificate scheme, while the renewables industry pressed for national feed-in tariffs. Nine interest organizations representing these sectors, five German and four at the EU level, serve as cases in this study. Expectations as to lobbying behaviour based on the two theories/theory perspectives of liberal intergovernmentalism (LI) and multi-level governance (MLG) are formulated and tested in a most-likely case design. Result: observations are better described by the MLG perspective than by LI.(auth)
Publication Date:
Nov 01, 2012
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
FNI-R-10/2012
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; LEGAL ASPECTS; REGULATIONS; FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY; ENERGY POLICY; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; POWER GENERATION
OSTI ID:
22000194
Research Organizations:
Fridtjof Nansens Inst., Lysaker (Norway)
Country of Origin:
Norway
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISBN 978-82-7613-652-4; TRN: NO1205118
Availability:
Commercial reproduction prohibited. Available from ETDE as OSTI ID: 22000194; Also available in PDF directly at: http://www.fni.no/doc&pdf/FNI-R1012.pdf
Submitting Site:
NW
Size:
123 page(s)
Announcement Date:
Dec 06, 2012

Citation Formats

Ydersbond, Inga Margrete. Multi-level lobbying in the EU: The case of the Renewables Directive and the German energy industry. Norway: N. p., 2012. Web.
Ydersbond, Inga Margrete. Multi-level lobbying in the EU: The case of the Renewables Directive and the German energy industry. Norway.
Ydersbond, Inga Margrete. 2012. "Multi-level lobbying in the EU: The case of the Renewables Directive and the German energy industry." Norway.
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title = {Multi-level lobbying in the EU: The case of the Renewables Directive and the German energy industry}
author = {Ydersbond, Inga Margrete}
abstractNote = {This study examines the lobbying strategies employed by the interest organizations of Germany's energy industries in the process leading up to the EU's Renewable Energy Directive. How did they lobby, and what does this reveal about their perceptions of power relations in the EU? This report focuses on the most controversial part of the Directive: legal prescriptions for support mechanisms to increase the production of renewable energy in Europe. The utilities and the renewables industries disagreed deeply, with the utilities industry favouring an EU-wide green certificate scheme, while the renewables industry pressed for national feed-in tariffs. Nine interest organizations representing these sectors, five German and four at the EU level, serve as cases in this study. Expectations as to lobbying behaviour based on the two theories/theory perspectives of liberal intergovernmentalism (LI) and multi-level governance (MLG) are formulated and tested in a most-likely case design. Result: observations are better described by the MLG perspective than by LI.(auth)}
place = {Norway}
year = {2012}
month = {Nov}
}