Turbulence and Reforms in European Renewable Energy Policy After 2008

  • Béatrice Cointe
  • Alain Nadaï
Part of the Progressive Energy Policy book series (PEP)


The chapter retraces the period from 2008 to 2015 as a phase of many reforms and reconsiderations in renewable electricity policies throughout the European Union. Focusing on the example of photovoltaics, Cointe and Nadaï show that feed-in tariffs were re-opened and re-politicised along new lines. The authors outline several challenges in the design of feed-in tariffs as they were addressed and discussed in the literature. They then discuss the reception of these evolutions by the European Commission. The Commission eventually shunned feed-in tariffs and encouraged their phase-out, based on a concern for investment security and for the operation of the single market. This suggests the internal electricity market is now conceived primarily as a tool for the optimal orientation of investment.


Feed-in tariffs European Union Photovoltaics Investors’ confidence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Béatrice Cointe
    • 1
  • Alain Nadaï
    • 2
  1. 1.TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.CIRED-CNRS (Centre International de Recherche sur l’Environnement et le Développement)Nogent-sur-MarneFrance

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