Protecting Energy Infrastructure in the EU: The Impact of External Damages on Supply Security

Martha M. Roggenkamp

in Energy Networks and the Law

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199645039
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738647 | DOI:
Protecting Energy Infrastructure in the EU: The Impact of External Damages on Supply Security

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When discussing the need to secure long-term energy supply, the focus is usually on the availability of primary resources like oil and gas and the need to have access to these resources. The further away these resources are located, the more complex such access will be from a technical but also from a legal point of view. Remote resources have another important drawback, which is that they need to be transported to consumer areas and this involves the need to construct an extensive system of energy networks. Networks need to be maintained and be safe in order to avoid any supply interruptions. This chapter concentrates on the reliability of the networks, which involves several different aspects. It considers the possibility of damages to energy infrastructure and the laws and regulations available to avoid such damages. The focus is on the situation in the EU. First, the chapter discusses the extent to which EU law provides instruments to protect energy networks from external disruptions and to reinstall energy supply in case of a major disruption. Thereafter it discusses the regime in two member states, i.e., the Netherlands and Belgium.

Keywords: energy supply; energy security; energy networks; EU law; Netherlands; Belgium

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Subjects: Environment and Energy Law

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