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Special Issue "The Role of Policy Innovation and Policy Mixes for Low-Carbon Transformations in Energy and Mobility"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Paula Kivimaa

SPRU and Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand, University of Sussex, Falmer, East Sussex, England; Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Helsinki, Finland
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Interests: climate and energy policy; policy evaluation; sustainability transitions; innovation policy; policy integration and coherence; policy experiments
Guest Editor
Dr. Marc Dijk

International Centre of Integrated Assessment and Sustainable Development (ICIS), Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Interests: innovation and innovation policy; sustainability assessment; socio-technical transition, car mobility; urban mobility, urban experimenting

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Recent changes in energy and mobility systems, embracing sustainability goals but also significantly influenced by rapid developments in IT and digitalization, create new needs and demands for public policy. Such demands include, for example, more coherent policy frameworks across administrative domains and levels, phase-out and exnovation policies, and innovative policies to tackle the persistent problems caused by high-carbon societies. As novel integrated business models for the provision of mobility or energy services increasingly involve cross-sector innovation (coupling, e.g., energy, transport, construction, finance, and information technology), the role of ‘real-world’ policy mixes (cf. Flanagan et al., 2011) becomes more significant than before. Such policy mixes cross administrative domains and levels, and need to be adjusted to support sustainability transitions through coherent and consistent policymaking (cf. Kivimaa and Kern, 2016; Rogge et al., 2017). New insights are needed in real time as new systemic innovations and integrated services emerge. Recent research also highlights the importance of policy innovation (Jordan and Huitema, 2014) and policy and governance experimentation (Turnheim et al., 2018) to tackle the climate change challenge. Empirical accounts of such innovations and experimentations are needed to shed light into what they look like, what they have enabled, and how might they fit within existing policy mixes in support of sustainable low-carbon transitions.

Dr. Paula Kivimaa
Dr. Marc Dijk
Guest Editors

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  • policy innovation
  • policy experiments
  • policy mix
  • energy policy
  • transport policy
  • sustainability transitions
  • low-carbon innovation

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Scenario Analysis in the Electric Power Industry under the Implementation of the Electricity Market Reform and a Carbon Policy in China
Energies 2019, 12(11), 2152; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12112152
Received: 7 May 2019 / Revised: 28 May 2019 / Accepted: 31 May 2019 / Published: 5 June 2019
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In China, electricity market reform was first implemented in 2015. At the same time, the national carbon market was built, along with the electricity industry, which was considered a breakthrough. Some key considerations for the future development of China’s electricity system include the [...] Read more.
In China, electricity market reform was first implemented in 2015. At the same time, the national carbon market was built, along with the electricity industry, which was considered a breakthrough. Some key considerations for the future development of China’s electricity system include the implementation of demand-side measures in order to adjust the peak-to-valley difference and the economic dispatch of increasing intermittent renewable energy and traditional energy in the process of power marketization with the implementation of a carbon policy. This paper examines the impact of policies on electricity generation by modelling the evolution process of power marketization and the economic dispatch of generation technologies over a sixteen-year period beginning in 2020. We model four potential influencing factors of government policy: (1) the demand response mode; (2) power marketization process; (3) capacity adjustment of thermal power units; and (4) carbon taxes, which vary in terms of their timing and amount. This model assesses the impact of these influencing factors on the competition between electricity generators using a range of output variables, including generation portfolios, electricity prices, capacity factors, CO2 emissions, etc. The results show that the new round of electricity market reforms has had a positive impact on renewable energy generation. The influence of carbon policy is evident in the promotion, transformation and elimination of thermal units, and an indirect increase in renewable energy generation. Full article

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