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Promoting Sustainable Electricity in Europe

Challenging the Path Dependence of Dominant Energy Systems Edited by William M. Lafferty, Director, Programme for Research and Documentation for a Sustainable Society (ProSus), Norway and Professor of Strategic Research for Sustainable Development, Centre for Clean Technology and Environmental Policy (CSTM), University of Twente, the Netherlands and Audun Ruud, Research Manager on Policy and Governance, SINTEF Energy Research AS, Trondheim, Norway
This is a timely and comparative assessment of initiatives to promote renewable electricity sources (RES-E) in eight European countries. Carried out by the ProSus research programme at the University of Oslo in cooperation with leading research institutions in each country, the book focuses on the promotional schemes used to foster RES-E in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden. The book is unique in that it monitors progress on implementing the EU RES-E Directive in relation to the impact of the ‘dominant energy systems’ in each country. Employing notions of ‘path dependency/path creation’, the analysis demonstrates that crucial lessons for promoting RES-E are to be found in the contextual conditions of national and regional settings; conditions that qualify the effects of more general, market-oriented schemes. The conclusions reached are of direct relevance for the ongoing debate as to the most effective policy instruments for achieving sustainable energy and climate policies in Europe.
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Publication Date: 2008
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This is a timely and comparative assessment of initiatives to promote renewable electricity sources (RES-E) in eight European countries. Carried out by the ProSus research programme at the University of Oslo in cooperation with leading research institutions in each country, the book focuses on the promotional schemes used to foster RES-E in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden. The book is unique in that it monitors progress on implementing the EU RES-E Directive in relation to the impact of the ‘dominant energy systems’ in each country. Employing notions of ‘path dependency/path creation’, the analysis demonstrates that crucial lessons for promoting RES-E are to be found in the contextual conditions of national and regional settings; conditions that qualify the effects of more general, market-oriented schemes. The conclusions reached are of direct relevance for the ongoing debate as to the most effective policy instruments for achieving sustainable energy and climate policies in Europe.

Promoting Sustainable Electricity in Europe will be of interest to academics and researchers involved in environmental management, energy studies, technology and sustainable development. Furthermore, it will be of interest to policymakers and bureaucrats both at the EU level and among EU/EEA member states concerned with climate change, renewable energy and sustainable development at large. The book should also be of relevance for business organizations and NGOs concerned with the promotion of sustainable electricity.
‘. . . this book is a timely and significant read for anyone with an interest in the operation of the energy sector.’
– Karen Morrow, International Energy Law & Taxation Review
Contributors: M.J. Arentsen, A. Buchhorn, Y. Chen, F.X. Johnson, P. Karnøe, P. Kivimaa, J. Knudsen, W.M. Lafferty, O.M. Larsen, V. Lauber, G. Mullally, J. Murphy, M. Narodoslawsky, C. Navarro, C. Nopp, B. Pflüglmayer, A. Ruud
Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction: Promoting Green Electricity in Europe: The Challenge of Integrating Contextual Factors
William M. Lafferty and Audun Ruud

2. The Netherlands: Muddling Through in the Dutch Delta
Maarten J. Arentsen

3. Denmark: Path-Creation Dynamics and Winds of Change
Peter Karnøe and Adam Buchhorn

4. Ireland: Putting the Wind up the Political System
Gerard Mullally and Jillian Murphy

5. Spain: Greening Electricity While Growing the Economy
Carmen Navarro

6. Finland: Big is Beautiful – Promoting Bioenergy in Regional–Industrial Contexts
Paula Kivimaa

7. Austria: An ‘Incidental Front-Runner’ Faces New Challenges
Barbara Pflüglmayer, Christian Nopp, Volkmar Lauber and Michael Narodoslawsky

8. Sweden: Greening the Power Market in a Context of Liberalization and Nuclear Ambivalence
Yong Chen and Francis X. Johnson

9. Norway: Trying to Maintain Maximal RES-E in a Petroleum-Driven Economy
Jørgen Knudsen, Olav Mosvold Larsen and Audun Ruud

10. Conclusion: Energy Path Dependence and the Promotion of RES-E in Europe
William M. Lafferty and Audun Ruud

Index