Prof. Erika Szyszczak interviewed by The Carbon Brief on UK energy state aid
What does the state aid ruling on UK energy subsidies mean?
Last week two UK energy subsidy schemes got the green light. They are at the heart of government plans to cut energy emissions while minimising consumer bills and keeping the lights on.But before the UK could press ahead with its plans it needed approval under EU rules designed to prevent government support or ‘state aid’ that unfairly favours particular industries.It’s all an “immensely complicated business” according to Conservative peer Lord Jenkin who says he’s spent many months trying to understand the details of the government’s reforms.We didn’t want to do the same – and you probably don’t either. So we asked for help from state aid legal expert Erika Szyszczak, barrister at Littleton Chambers and professor of law at the University of Sussex. Read the full interview here.