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Special Issue "Economics of Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Rafał Weron

Department of Operations Research, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Wyb. Wyspiańskiego 27, 50-370 Wrocław, Poland
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Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Angelica Gianfreda

Faculty of Economics and Management, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, piazza Università 1, 39100 Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As the European Commission emphasizes, the world—and Europe in particular—needs to step up its investment in energy efficiency and renewable technologies, and the development of clean energy business models, embracing new opportunities and consumer empowerment brought about by digitization. However, the transition to a low-carbon and sustainable economy, e.g., by shifting generation to renewable energy-sources (RES), introducing demand-response (DR) programs, and enabling technologies, is a difficult and costly process. Due to the intermittent and unpredictable nature of wind and solar power, a massive introduction of RES can affect prices paid to procure balancing resources and, consequently, the costs charged to end users. On the demand side, the transition involves not only technologies but also policies, user practices, information sharing, and a behavioral change among electricity consumers.

This Special Issue, therefore, seeks to contribute to the literature through cutting-edge and multi-disciplinary research that addresses the (socio-)economics of sustainable and renewable energy-systems. We invite papers on innovative scientific developments, sound case studies, as well as reviews.

Prof. Dr. Rafał Weron
Prof. Dr. Angelica Gianfreda
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • renewable-energy sources 
  • electricity markets 
  • balancing costs 
  • energy policy 
  • demand response 
  • green electricity 
  • electricity tariffs 
  • willingness to pay 
  • consumer behavior 
  • smart grids

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The Economic Effects of the Development of the Renewable Energy Industry in China
Energies 2019, 12(9), 1808; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12091808
Received: 23 April 2019 / Revised: 7 May 2019 / Accepted: 9 May 2019 / Published: 12 May 2019
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It is believed that renewable energy may become a dominant energy in the future. However, whether renewable energy can promote industry development like the use of fossil energy is still unknown. This paper uses social accounting matrix (SAM) multiplier model to analyze the [...] Read more.
It is believed that renewable energy may become a dominant energy in the future. However, whether renewable energy can promote industry development like the use of fossil energy is still unknown. This paper uses social accounting matrix (SAM) multiplier model to analyze the economic effects of renewable and coal energy in China. The transmission mechanisms of renewable and coal energy on production factors are also compared from the perspective of sector industry chain based on the structural path analysis (SPA) analysis method. We found that; renewable energy plays a stronger role in promoting the national economy than coal energy. Meanwhile, renewable energy can better promote the upgrading of the industrial structure compared with coal energy. Additionally, renewable energy affects economic development, mainly through the intermediate industries such as electrical machinery manufacturing and transportation, warehousing and service industries. These findings provide further insights into the influence path of renewable energy, which yields important implications for reasonably designing and choosing new energy development planning. Full article
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Determinants of the Willingness to Energy Monitoring by Residential Consumers: A Case Study in the City of Wroclaw in Poland
Energies 2019, 12(5), 907; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12050907
Received: 1 February 2019 / Revised: 4 March 2019 / Accepted: 5 March 2019 / Published: 8 March 2019
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This paper analyses attitudinal and socio-economic determinants of the householders’ willingness to monitor their energy consumption. Residential consumers can monitor their energy consumption by means of traditional (electricity bill) and modern tools (smart metering information platforms, SMP). Within this empirical study we test [...] Read more.
This paper analyses attitudinal and socio-economic determinants of the householders’ willingness to monitor their energy consumption. Residential consumers can monitor their energy consumption by means of traditional (electricity bill) and modern tools (smart metering information platforms, SMP). Within this empirical study we test the effect of environmental attitudes, knowledge and perceived possibilities on consumers’ stages of readiness to adopt SMP based the stage model of self-regulated behavioral change (SSCB). Perceived possibilities to monitor energy consumption on a regular basis was found to be the predictor of adoption in every examined stage of readiness. General knowledge predicted adoption of the stage in which consumers declared willingness to learn know-how of using SMP. The results suggest that an effectiveness of educational campaigns may be restricted to only some consumers. Full article
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