The importance of comprehensiveness in renewable electricity and energy-efficiency policy

Sovacool, Benjamin K (2009) The importance of comprehensiveness in renewable electricity and energy-efficiency policy. Energy Policy, 37 (4). pp. 1529-1541. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract

Based on extensive research interviews and supplemented with a review of the academic literature, this article assesses the best way to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. It begins by briefly laying out why government intervention is needed, and then details the four most favored policy mechanisms identified by participants: eliminating subsidies for conventional and mature electricity technologies, pricing electricity accurately, passing a national feed-in tariff, and implementing a nationwide systems benefit fund to raise public awareness, protect lower income households, and administer demand side management programs. Drawing mostly from case studies in the United States, the article also discusses why these policy mechanisms must be implemented comprehensively, not individually, if the barriers to renewables and energy efficiency are to be overcome.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2015 15:17
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 10:23
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58162
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