An overview of energy law and energy reality

Cover des Buchs Energierecht und Energiewirklichkeit auf neutralem Hintergrund

The second, completely revised edition of Energierecht und Energiewirklichkeit was released today by the publisher Energie & Management. The handbook, edited by Prof. Christian Held and Dr. Simon Schäfer-Stradowsky, introduces the basics of energy law and explains to readers how the energy world actually works, using practical examples.

Energierecht und Energiewirklichkeit is aimed not only at lawyers who are confronted with questions of energy law, but also at interested students of engineering and economics as well as practitioners in the energy industry. For lawyers, the handbook brings together the theoretical assumptions and specifications from regulations with the physical and technical reality. Non-lawyers will receive an comprehensible introduction to the logic of the legal system and the methodological tools without which the energy world can no longer be understood and which will enable them to answer complex energy law questions for themselves.

“The energy transition and the expansion of renewables have permanently changed both energy law and energy reality. Creating a fundamental understanding of the dynamic development of the energy industry was the starting point for the first edition of Energierecht und Energiewirklichkeit, which I published together with Cornelius Wiesner. I would like to thank him sincerely for the trustful cooperation in this joint project,” says Prof. Held, lawyer and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility (IKEM). “I am pleased to have won Dr. Schäfer-Stradowsky as co-editor for the second edition. Together with the IKEM scientists, he has enriched the new edition. The book allows readers to follow energy industry trends and identify the lines of development for the future.”

“Seven years after the first edition, it was time to pick up and explain new contexts and modes of operation,” says IKEM Managing Director Dr. Schäfer-Stradowsky. “For the second edition of Energierecht und Energiewirklichkeit, we have not only updated the content, but also comprehensively expanded it: the handbook covers all stages of the energy value chain, explains the role of hydrogen and storage in the energy system, and takes a closer look at the overarching issue of climate protection.”

“With Energierecht und Energiewirklichkeit we have created a handbook that offers readers simple yet comprehensive access to the fundamentals of the energy industry. This is one of the reasons why the first edition of the handbook found a wide readership and has long been out of stock. I am therefore delighted that we as a publishing house, together with the editors and the IKEM, can build on this success and now launch a new edition on the market,” says Helmut Sendner, founder and editor of the publisher Energie & Management.


Further information

Energierecht und Energiewirklichkeit (ISBN: 978-3933283566) can be purchased directly from the publisher Energie & Management or from specialized retailers at a price of 64.00 euros. In addition, it is also available as an e-book. You can find more information at

In addition to Prof. Christian Held and Dr. Simon Schäfer-Stradowsky, Dr. Alexander Dietzel (BBH), Victoria Harsch, Fanny Knoll, Jonathan Metz and Dr. Greta Reeh (all IKEM) are further authors of the handbook.


About the editors:

Prof. Christian Held is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility (IKEM) and a lawyer and founding partner of the law firm Becker Büttner Held. He is the author and editor of numerous publications and a lecturer in energy law and energy policy at the Technical University of Bingen.

Dr. Simon Schäfer-Stradowskyis a lawyer and Managing Director of the Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility (IKEM) and an expert in innovative energy and climate law. He is a lecturer at the TU Berlin and a member of numerous committees and boards.


Dr Simon Schäfer-StradowskyQuelle: IKEM/Jule Halsinger

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