Rethinking the scale, structure & scope of U.S. energy institutions

Dworkin, Michael H, Sidortsov, Roman V and Sovacool, Benjamin K (2013) Rethinking the scale, structure & scope of U.S. energy institutions. Daedalus, 142 (1). pp. 129-145. ISSN 0011-5266

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Abstract

This essay notes some of the key institutions created in the twentieth century for the purpose of
delivering energy in North America. Those institutions are being challenged by a combination of stresses in
three interconnected areas: reliability, economics, and environmental sustainability. The essay argues
that these three stresses create an “energy trilemma” requiring institutional reform. We suggest that new
and modi½ed institutions can best be understood if we evaluate them along three dimensions: institutional
scale, structure, and scope. We consider real-world examples of recent institutions in light of each of these
dimensions and note both successes and concerns that those factors illuminate. We conclude by noting
that some institutional changes will be organic and unplanned; but many others, including responses to
climate change, will bene½t from conscious attention to scale, structure, and scope by those engaged in
designing and building the energy institutions needed in the twenty-½rst century.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 11:42
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 06:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58347

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