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Special Issue "Energy Policy 2018"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Joshua M. Pearce

Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931,USA
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Interests: applied sustainability; renewable energy; solar photovoltaic materials; devices and systems; energy policy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As the centralized fossil fuel era of energy production rapidly gives way to an era of distributed renewable energy, well-thought out energy policy is needed to guide the transition in the residential, commercial, industrial and transportation sectors. The continued use of fossil fuels to provide energy and the concomitant environmental pollution and climate destabilization have opened the door to potential increased negative impacts on humanity and the economy, as well as retaliation for those suffering losses aggravated by climate change. This has resulted in wide energy policy swings, future energy price uncertainties, potential large-scale greenhouse gas liabilities, and energy insecurity. These energy-related problems are challenging for governments, as well as companies that want a stable system in which to operate their businesses. However, the rapid growth of energy demand in the developing world indicates these challenges will persist. Careful analysis is needed to guide policy that encourage the growth of distributed generation, the transition from internal combustion to electric vehicles, energy conservation, energy justice, renewable energy growth and improve energy technology transfer. At the same time, the impact of energy research and development as well as proprietary and open source approaches to energy-related intellectual property must be scrutinized. The coupling between climate change policy and energy policy must be resolved to bolster agreements like the Paris Accord. Thus, to further spread the analysis needed to make sound energy policy at the local, regional national and international levels, this Special Issue, entitled “Energy Policy”, is open for submissions in the international journal Energies, which is an SCI and SCIE journal (2016 IF = 2.262, 5 year IF=2.707) open access journal. This Special Issue mainly covers original research and studies related to the above-mentioned topics, including, but not limited to energy policy in the three largest energy markets: China, the U.S.A. and Russia. Papers selected for this Special Issue are subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results and policy recommendations.

I am writing to invite you to submit your original work in energy policy to this Special Issue. I am looking forward to receiving your outstanding research.

Prof. Dr. Joshua M. Pearce
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Carbon emissions liability
  • Chinese energy policy
  • Climate change liability
  • Distributed generation policy
  • Electric cars
  • Energy conservation
  • Energy and development
  • Energy justice
  • Energy policy
  • Energy technology innovation policy
  • India energy policy
  • Intellectual property and energy
  • Energy R & D
  • Energy technology transfer
  • The Paris Accord
  • Renewable energy
  • Russian energy policy
  • U.S. energy policy

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Open AccessArticle Study on the Incentives Mechanism for the Development of Distributed Photovoltaic Systems from a Long-Term Perspective
Energies 2018, 11(5), 1291; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11051291
Received: 11 April 2018 / Revised: 10 May 2018 / Accepted: 15 May 2018 / Published: 18 May 2018
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Sharing the benefits of distribution systems from the integration of distributed photovoltaic systems (DGPVs) with investors is vital to the coordinated development of DGPVs and active distribution systems (ADN). The investment and development of DGPVs, incentive policies, and the development of distribution system
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Sharing the benefits of distribution systems from the integration of distributed photovoltaic systems (DGPVs) with investors is vital to the coordinated development of DGPVs and active distribution systems (ADN). The investment and development of DGPVs, incentive policies, and the development of distribution system interact, and the interactions vary with the changes in the on-grid capacity of DGPVs. In this paper, an event-driven co-simulation platform is built to simulate the abovementioned interaction among DGPVs, ADN, and incentive policy under a long-term time frame. The platform includes an investment model of DGPV investors and an ADN model with consideration of the growth of the ADN. On this platform, we study how multiple factors, including incentive system, global horizontal radiance (GHR), and cost, affect the investment and integration of DGPVs in the future 10 years. Simulation and analysis showed that investors’ decisions are more sensitive to variation in GHR and cost, followed by variation in tariff system, subsidy, and self-use ratio. Distribution subsidies have certain impact on the development of DGPV and could partially replace the national and provincial capacity and generation subsidies. When the on-grid capacity reaches a certain level, the distribution subsidy reaches a dynamic equilibrium. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Impact Analysis of Customized Feedback Interventions on Residential Electricity Load Consumption Behavior for Demand Response
Energies 2018, 11(4), 770; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11040770
Received: 16 February 2018 / Revised: 14 March 2018 / Accepted: 19 March 2018 / Published: 28 March 2018
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Considering the limitations of traditional energy-saving policies, a kind of energy conservation method called the Information Feedback to Residential Electricity Load Customers, which could impact the demand response capacity, has increasingly received more attention. However, most of the current feedback programs provide the
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Considering the limitations of traditional energy-saving policies, a kind of energy conservation method called the Information Feedback to Residential Electricity Load Customers, which could impact the demand response capacity, has increasingly received more attention. However, most of the current feedback programs provide the same feedback information to all customers regardless of their diverse characteristics, which may reduce the energy-saving effects or even backfire. This paper attempts to investigate how different types of customers may change their behaviors under a set of customized feedback. We conducted a field survey study in Qinhuangdao (QHD), China. First, we conducted semi-structured interviews to classify four groups of customers of different energy-saving awareness, energy-saving potential, and behavioral variability. Then, 156 QHD households were surveyed using scenarios to collect feedback of different scenarios. Social science theories were used to guide the discussion on the behavior changes as a result of different feedback strategies and reveal the reasons for customers’ behaviors. Using the Chi-Square test of independence, the variables that have strong correlations with the categories of residents are extracted to provide references for residents’ classification. Finally, the practical implications and needs for future research are discussed. Full article
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