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Iñigo del Guayo, Lee Godden, Donald D. Zillman, Milton Fernando Montoya, and José Juan González

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198860754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198860754.001.0001

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Energy Poverty and Energy Access

Energy Poverty and Energy Access

A Legal Analysis

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Energy Justice and Energy Law

Íñigo del Guayo

Oxford University Press

This chapter makes an effort to clarify terminology, identifying three meanings of energy poverty (fuel poverty, the use of polluting fuels, and the lack of energy efficiency). A particular aim of the chapter is the distinction between energy poverty and energy access. The core part of the chapter is devoted to the links of energy poverty with the ‘energy trilemma’: security, efficiency, and sustainability. Legal instruments to fight energy poverty differ depending on the particular aspect of the ‘trilemma’ that is considered. The setting up of legally enforceable public service obligations is a traditional way of addressing energy poverty concerns in the light of energy security. The refinement of competition law can help to fight inefficiencies, which, in turn, may lower the rates of energy poverty. The need for a sustainable energy system underlines that energy law can help to reduce the use of fossil (polluting) fuels and increase energy efficiency.

Keywords:   energy poverty, energy access, efficiency, security, sustainability

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