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Special Issue on The Risks and Opportunities of the Sharing Economy ∙ Sharing Energy

Dealing with Regulatory Disconnection in Dutch Energy Law

Anna Butenko


The sharing economy has become a reality in many sectors, including energy. Energy consumers are increasingly able and willing not only to produce their own energy and thus become prosumers, but also to sell this energy on the local or national energy market along with ‘traditional’ energy market players. Thus, the role of prosumers is de facto extended as to include the parallel roles of consumers, producers, suppliers and traders. Against this background, this article inquires whether it is possible for prosumers to share energy under the current Dutch regulatory framework. This question has been evaluated from the theoretical perspective of the regulatory disconnection between innovation and regulation.

Ph.D. Candidate Energy Law and Economics, Amsterdam Center for Energy, University of Amsterdam and Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC), Tilburg University, a.s.butenko@uva.nl. The author would like to thank the editor and the reviewers for their useful comments on previous versions of this article.

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