This book is the first publication which offers an overview of the renewable energies situation for every Member State in the European Union. All 15 country studies have been carried out using the same format. At the beginning of each chapter/case study, a definition of renewable energies is given for the individual country. The starting position in energy policy and the main actors are then described. Next, the instruments for promoting renewable energies are shown and each section concludes with an analysis of current obstacles and conditions for future success. Apart from a comparison of case studies in the introduction, the book gives an overview of the renewable energy policy at the EU level. Finally, a service chapter at the end of the book informs the reader about the most important associations, websites, and journals pertinent to the subject matter.