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Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 416; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10020416

Innovation in the European Energy Sector and Regulatory Responses to It: Guest Editorial Note

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Organisation and Governance (OG), Department of Multi-Actor Systems (MAS), Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM), Delft University of Technology, Jaffalaan 5, 2628 BX Delft, The Netherlands
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Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC), Tilburg University, Professor Cobbenhagenlaan 221, Montesquieu Building, 5037 DE Tilburg, The Netherlands
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Department of Technology and Governance for Sustainability (CSTM), Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS), Faculty of Behavioral, Management and Social Studies (BMS), University of Twente, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands
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Received: 2 February 2018 / Revised: 4 February 2018 / Accepted: 4 February 2018 / Published: 6 February 2018
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Abstract

The European energy sector is an important economic sector that is also traditionally highly regulated. With the increasing tempo in which innovations in technology and markets occur, catalysed inter alia by the energy transition and accompanied by new formats of innovation (disruptive and bottom-up), the question arises whether existing regulatory frameworks sufficiently allow for such innovation and support its further development. From an editorial perspective, we argue that decentralization of energy production on the national level and that of regulatory responses to it, need more scholarly attention. In this guest editorial, the contributions of nine articles to our special issue on innovation in the European energy sector and regulatory responses to it, are addressed. First, lessons on regulatory response to innovations in European energy markets are drawn. Second, several types of responses are deduced and discussed. Finally, key observations and suggestions for further research are presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: innovation; European Union; regulatory response; energy governance; energy policy; energy transition; renewable energy; community energy; multi-level governance; experimentation innovation; European Union; regulatory response; energy governance; energy policy; energy transition; renewable energy; community energy; multi-level governance; experimentation
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Hoppe, T.; Butenko, A.; Heldeweg, M. Innovation in the European Energy Sector and Regulatory Responses to It: Guest Editorial Note. Sustainability 2018, 10, 416.

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