Renewable Energy Governance, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1447155955
  • ISBN-13: 9781447155959
  • DDC: 333.79
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 397 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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This book focuses on Renewable Energy (RE) governance - the institutions, plans, policies and stakeholders that are involved in RE implementation - and the complexities and challenges associated with this much discussed energy area. Whilst RE technologies have advanced and become cheaper, governance schemes rarely support those technologies in an efficient and cost-effective way. To illustrate the problem, global case-studies delicately demonstrate successes and failures of renewable energy governance. RE here is considered from a number of perspectives: as a regional geopolitical agent, as a tool to meet national RE targets and as a promoter of local development. The book considers daring insights on RE transitions, governmental policies as well as financial tools, such as Feed-in-Tariffs; along with their inefficiencies and costs. This comprehensive probing of RE concludes with a treatment of what we call the "Mega-What" question - who is benefitting the most from RE and how society can get the best deal?After reading this book, the reader will have been in contact with all aspects of RE governance and be closer to the pulse of RE mechanisms. The reader should also be able to contribute more critically to the dialogue about RE rather than just reinforce the well-worn adage that "RE is a good thing to happen".

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
2: Introduction: Renewable Energy Governance: Is it Blocking the Technically Feasible?.
3: Renewable and Conventional Electricity Generation Systems: Technologies and Diversity of Energy Systems.
4: Transitions Towards Renewable Energy Systems.
5: Institutional Factors that Determine Energy Transitions: A Comparative Case Study Approach.
6: Renewable Energy: Urban Centres Lead the Dance in Australia?.
7: Endogenous Tourism Development Through Renewable Energy Governance: A Questionable Challenge.
8: Outliers or Frontrunners? Exploring the (Self-) Governance of Community-Owned Sustainable Energy in Scotland and the Netherlands.
9: Hidden Problems Behind the “Re Miracle”.
10: Renewable Energy Governance in Kenya: Plugging Into the Grid ‘Plugging Into Progress’.
11: Renewable Energy in New Zealand: The Reluctance for Resilience.
12: The Development of Renewable Energy Governance in Greece. Examples of a Failed (?) Policy.
13: Lost in the National Labyrinths of Bureaucracy: The Case of Renewable Energy Governance in Cyprus.
14: The Perplexed Technical Governance of Wind Turbines in Greek Islands.
15: Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy: Gone with the Wind?.
16: Champagne and Metal Flowers: Who is Invited to the Wind Generation Party in France?.
17: Renewable Energy Governance: Food for Thought.
18: Renewable Energy Governance Challenges Within a “Puzzled” Institutional Map.
19: Geopolitics, Climate Change and Energy Governance: A Grey Area in the Black Sea Region.
20: Times of Recession: Three Different Renewable Energy Stories from the Mediterranean Region.
21: The Shadows Cast by Inadequate Energy Governance: Why More Sun Does Not Necessarily Mean More Photovoltaic Electricity.
22: Germany: Challenges of a Full Transition to Renewable Energy.
23: Hopes and Fears: Considerations for Future Governance.
24: Green Electricity Certificates in Flanders: The Gradual Extension of a Market-Based Mechanism and Doubts Over Its Cost-Efficiency.
25: Building on Norway’s Energy Goldmine: Policies for Expertise, Export, and Market Efficiencies.
26: The Significance of the Environmental Communication for the Renewable Energy Governance Scenario: Who Decides for Whom?.
27: The Political-Economics of the Green Industrial Revolution: Renewable Energy as the Key to National Sustainable Communities.
28: Conclusions: Answering the “Mega-What” Question: Who is Finally Renewable Energy For.