1st Edition

Law of Finance for Renewable Energy Projects in the EU Secondary Law and Support Schemes

By Theodoros G. Iliopoulos Copyright 2025
    226 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The book delves into the nascent field of renewable energy support law, with a focus on the EU. It critically interprets and analyses the rules and the legal system that govern the finance of renewable energy projects in the EU.

    The book scrutinises the different types of support schemes and elucidates how they work, what effects they generate, and how they have been applied in practice. It expounds the impact of EU secondary legislation on national renewable energy support policies, distinguishing three aspects: selection, design and implementation of support schemes. For a complete comprehension of the field, the legal analysis is combined with law and economics analysis. Recent initiatives for the financing support of renewable energy projects at the EU level (EU Renewables Financing Mechanism, Hydrogen Bank and ‘Auctions as a Service’) are also appraised, and broader recommendations for the future consolidation and development of EU renewable energy support law are proposed.

    The book fills a gap in the study of the law governing the finance of renewable energy projects, and is a valuable companion for jurists, both practitioners and academics, professionals and students, who wish to decode the law of finance for renewable energy sources.

    Foreword by Bernard Vanheusden


    1. Introduction: Renewable Energy Support Law in Context

    2. The Different Types of Renewable Energy Support Schemes

    3. How Renewable Energy Support Schemes Should Be Selected, Designed, and Implemented as per the Renewable Energy Directive and the Electricity Market Regulation

    4. The EU Renewables Financing Mechanism and the European Hydrogen Bank’s ‘Auctions as a Service’

    5. Conclusion: The Way Forward for EU Renewable Energy Support Law




    Theodoros G. Iliopoulos specialises in energy law and economics and the regulation of the energy transition. He is a visiting professor at Hasselt University and a researcher of Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO). He has also worked as a lawyer, has participated in research projects of Columbia University and the European Commission, and has co-ordinated and taught courses of EU energy and environmental law in inter alia the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and the University of Athens. He studied law at the University of Athens (LLB, LLM), Utrecht University (LLM), Hasselt University and the University of Maastricht (PhD).