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Special Issue "Energy Use Efficiency"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Economics and Policy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Almas Heshmati

Professor of Economics, Jönköping International Business School (JIBS),Jönköping University, Room B5017,P.O. Box 1026, SE-551 11 Jönköping, Sweden
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Interests: applied microeconomics, globalization, development strategy, efficiency, productivity and growth with application to manufacturing and services

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Energy is one of the most important factors of production. Its efficient use is crucial for production and environmental quality. Unlike normal goods with supply management, energy is demand-managed. Efficient energy use or energy efficiency aims to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services. Energy use efficiency can be achieved in housing, offices, industrial production, transport and agriculture, as well as in public lighting and services. The use of energy can be reduced by using technology that is energy saving. There are many benefits associated with energy use reduction leading to reduced energy dependency and vulnerability and improved energy security. Various incentive-based programs are provided to the public to promote the development, installation and use of energy efficient technologies and equipment. The policy is to protect air, water and land and to prevent climate change and negative health impacts by reducing the generation and use of energy from fossil fuels and nuclear primary sources. Saving energy to reserve these resources for future generations and conserving natural resources has double dividend effects in the form of cost efficiency and the realization of sustainability. Authors of solid and full-length empirical studies using data at the household, firm, farm, industry, region and country level and advanced methods are invited to submit their research for publication in this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Almas Heshmati
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Energy use efficiency
  • Energy policy and incentives
  • Energy cost efficiency
  • Improved environmental quality
  • Energy saving
  • Energy efficient technologies and equipment

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The Technological Progress of the Fuel Consumption Rate for Passenger Vehicles in China: 2009–2016
Energies 2019, 12(12), 2384; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12122384
Received: 27 May 2019 / Revised: 16 June 2019 / Accepted: 19 June 2019 / Published: 21 June 2019
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China has set stringent fuel consumption rate (FCR) targets to address the serious environmental and energy security problems caused by vehicles. Estimating the technological progress and tradeoffs between FCR and vehicle attributes is important for assessing the viability of meeting future targets. In [...] Read more.
China has set stringent fuel consumption rate (FCR) targets to address the serious environmental and energy security problems caused by vehicles. Estimating the technological progress and tradeoffs between FCR and vehicle attributes is important for assessing the viability of meeting future targets. In this paper, we explored the relationship between vehicle FCR and other attributes using a regression model with data from 2009–2016. We also quantified the difference in the tradeoff between local and joint venture brands. The result showed that from 2009 to 2016, if power and curb mass were held constant, 2.3% and 2.9% annual technological progress should have been achieved for local and joint venture brands, respectively. The effectiveness of fuel-efficient technologies for joint venture brands is generally better than that of local brands. Impacts of other attributes on FCR were also assessed. The joint venture brands made more technological progress with FCR improvement than that of local brands. Even if 100% of technological progress (assume the technological progress in the future were the same as that of 2009–2016) investment were used to improve actual FCR after 2016, it would be difficult to meet 2020 target. Accelerating the adoption of fuel-efficient technologies, and controlling weight and performance, are both needed to achieve the 2020 and 2025 targets. Full article
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Direct Rebound Effect for Electricity Consumption of Urban Residents in China Based on the Spatial Spillover Effect
Energies 2019, 12(11), 2069; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12112069 (registering DOI)
Received: 29 April 2019 / Revised: 23 May 2019 / Accepted: 27 May 2019 / Published: 30 May 2019
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Based on methods of price decomposition and spatial econometrics, this paper improves the model for calculating the direct energy rebound effect employing the panel data of China’s urban residents’ electricity consumption for an empirical analysis. Results show that the global spatial correlation of [...] Read more.
Based on methods of price decomposition and spatial econometrics, this paper improves the model for calculating the direct energy rebound effect employing the panel data of China’s urban residents’ electricity consumption for an empirical analysis. Results show that the global spatial correlation of urban residents’ electricity consumption has a significant positive value. The direct rebound effect and its spillover effects are 37% and 13%, respectively. Due to the spatial spillover effects, the realization of energy-saving targets in the local region depends on the implementation effect of energy efficiency policies in the surrounding areas. However, the spatial spillover effect is low, and the direct rebound effect induced by the local region is still the dominant factor affecting the implementation of energy efficiency. The direct rebound effect for urban residents’ electricity consumption eliminating the spatial spillover effect does not show a significant downward trend. The main reason is that the rapid urbanization process at the current stage has caused a rigid residents’ electricity demand and large-scale marginal consumer groups, which offsets the inhibition effect of income growth on the direct rebound effect. Full article
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