AuthorWilliam Webster


William Webster has taken on, and performed, a formidable task. In describing and explaining the complex framework of regulation for electricity generation by the two principal sources of renewable energy in this country – solar and wind power – and in presenting a vast amount of law, policy and decision-making, he has filled an expanding gap in the literature on environmental and energy law. Indeed, he has produced the first comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the subject in a legal textbook.

Rightly, the book places its examination of the relevant law and policy in the wider context of the United Kingdom’s efforts to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, the legally binding targets for greenhouse gas emissions in the Climate Change Act 2008, the international obligations under the Paris Agreement of 2015, the IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C of October 2018, and the reports of the Committee on Climate Change in 2018 and 2019.

The book explores the arrangements for the approval of wind and solar energy projects in the planning legislation and the process of gaining consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989. It connects that discussion to the legislative regimes for the protection of the environment, including the legislation for Environmental Impact Assessment, with a particular focus on habitats and the historic environment. It illuminates the law on nationally significant infrastructure projects. It brings together the national policy...

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