Chapter 3 Introduction to energy law
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Energy law is a critical subset of climate law. The majority of global greenhouse gas emissions come from the energy sector, which broadly includes three sub-sectors: electricity production, transportation, and fossil fuels used in buildings and industrial processes. This chapter covers three essential legal touch points along the energy system: the basics of energy regulation—public service and administrative law; and laws governing the development of energy projects, the regulation of energy in the buildings sector, and laws governing the transportation sectors. Across each of these regulatory touch points, just transition from a fossil-intensive to a more renewable and sustainable energy system is a key element of the clean energy and climate transition. Equitable access to climate-friendly, clean, and sustainable energy technologies and services is becoming a major issue of policy, legislation, and regulatory law.

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