Quotation Essletzbichler, Jürgen. 2012. Clean energy technology and path creation: The lack of a geographical approach to energy transition policy in the UK. European Planning Studies 20 (5): S. 791-816.




This paper examines the potential contribution of UK regions for developing and deploying renewable energy technologies to achieve the government target of obtaining 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. The paper argues for a multi-scalar approach to energy transition theory and policy. National-scale processes and policies need to be complemented by regional and local policies in order to discover and incorporate meso-level sources of renewable energy, recognize that niche or path creation is a geographically localized process and mobilize heterogeneous, local actors around common regional energy visions to improve implementation of renewable energy projects. After critically reviewing the main theoretical approach to energy transitions, the multi-level perspective, the paper employs patent data to describe the comparative position of UK regions in the renewable energy sector and examines the success of Danish, German and Spanish regions resulting from strong government intervention at the national level supplemented by region-specific strategies. A number of policy strengths and shortcomings are identified in the evolutionary trajectory of the UK energy system including weak technology push and policy pull factors. Finally, the paper reviews existing regional renewable energy policy and speculates on the potential impact of recent changes in spatial and energy policies on the ability to deploy and develop renewable energy sources in the UK.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal European Planning Studies
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Clean energy technology and path creation: The lack of a geographical approach to energy transition policy in the UK.
Volume 20
Number 5
Year 2012
Page from 791
Page to 816
URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/09654313.2012.667926
DOI 10.1080/09654313.2012.667926


Essletzbichler, Jürgen (Details)
Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1807 Economic geography (Details)
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