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Nordensvard, Johan and Urban, Frauke (2015) 'The stuttering energy transition in Germany: Wind energy policy and feed-in tariff lock-in.' Energy Policy, 82. pp. 156-165.

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Abstract

This article aims to examine whether the formulation of specific low carbon policy such as the feed-in tariff for wind energy in Germany can partly be a barrier to a comprehensive energy transition (Energiewende). Despite their short and medium-term success, these policies could create a long-term lock-in if they are formulated in a way that leads to a stagnation of systems innovation. The research finds that while the share of wind energy has increased rapidly over time, the feed-in-tariff and other low carbon policies and incentives have not been sufficient to achieve a socio-technical regime transition in Germany yet. We suggest that the German feed-in-tariff has incorporated wind energy (a niche-innovation) and wind energy actors (pathway newcomers) into a slightly modified socio-technical regime that is rather similar to the earlier ‘fossil fuel dominant’ socio-technical regime.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Development, Environment and Policy
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Finance and Management > Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)
ISSN: 03014215
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2015.03.009
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2015 13:10
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/19701

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