Practical necessity and legal options for introducing energy regulatory sandboxes in Austria

Veseli, Argjenta and Moser, Simon and Kubeczko, Klaus and Madner, Verena and Wang, Anna and Wolfsgruber, Klaus (2021) Practical necessity and legal options for introducing energy regulatory sandboxes in Austria. Utilities Policy, 73 (101296). ISSN 0957-1787

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As the legal framework is designed for an established energy regime, innovative solutions for the energy transition often encounter barriers. Since rapid changes in the legal framework may involve uncertainties, testing solutions in the exceptional framework of regulatory sandboxes can be a constructive instrument of innovation policy. Until June 2021, Austrian energy law contains neither an explicit authorisation to grant such exemptions nor custom-made regulatory sandboxes. This paper is the first to investigate the practical need for regulatory sandboxes in Austria (specific fields of experimentation were identified) and elaborate necessary changes for energy law eligibility, taking European law into account.

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Additional Information: This paper is based on the project “F.R.E.SCH Freiraum für Regu-latorisches Experimentieren Schaffen” (Kubeczko et al., 2020). The project was financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Climate Action (formerly BMNT) and handled by the Austrian research promotion agency as an R&D service within the 1st call of the “Energie.Frei.Raum” programme (FFG No. 876873).
Keywords: Regulatory sandbox, Energy legislation, Innovation policy
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Recht und Governance
Forschungsinstitute > Urban Management and Governance > Madner
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2021 13:35
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2021 13:35
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