How the policy mix impacts innovation: findings from company case studies on offshore wind in Germany

Reichardt, Kristin and Rogge, Karoline (2016) How the policy mix impacts innovation: findings from company case studies on offshore wind in Germany. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 18. pp. 62-81. ISSN 2210-4224

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Abstract

Transforming the energy system to one with a greater importance of renewables requires redirecting and accelerating technological change. In this transition, so-called policy mixes play a crucial role. Yet precisely how policy mixes affect technological innovation remains poorly understood. To remedy this, in this study we choose a qualitative company case study approach to analyze the innovation impact of a comprehensive policy mix, taking offshore wind in Germany as research case. We find that the feed-in tariff level and the perceived consistency and credibility of the German offshore wind policy mix have been vital innovation drivers. Specifically, the consistent and stable policy strategy with its long-term targets, and the consistency of the instrument mix with this policy strategy appear crucial to RD&D. In contrast, adoption decisions depend on a comprehensive and consistent instrument mix. Finally, a high level of credibility can partly offset negative effects of inconsistencies in the mix.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Policy mix, Consistency
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Depositing User: Nora Blascsok
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2016 10:33
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 05:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/60624

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