The Newsletter 62 Winter 2012

The governance perspectives behind renewables

Daniel Scholten

Increasing fossil fuel scarcity and deteriorating environmental conditions call for a transition towards the use of sustainable energy sources. Policy makers of various countries, however, respond very differently when it comes to the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies. Whereas some countries leave the creation and diffusion of renewables to market forces and private actors, government’s of other countries take a strong leading role in technical innovation. As a result of these differences, countries experience rather divergent processes of renewable development and deployment, also reaping different results. Hence we arrive at an intriguing question: what are the consequences of different energy transition governance perspectives on the development and deployment of renewable innovations?

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