Special Issue "Sustainable Energy Policy and Policy Implications—Good Examples and Critical Reflections"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2018).
Interests: urban governance and urban planning processes; local and regional policy processes; socio-technical systems; energy systems; end-users and energy consumption; smart grid; prosumers; energy communities
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Developing sustainable energy policies and to support policy makers with relevant and suitable policy recommendations are an important part of energy research. In addition, many energy articles today end with policy implications and policy advice. The reasons for giving policy advice can differ, ranging from the results from a study giving important input to policy makers, to that many journals require that you end with suggestions and implications, or to that it is a routinized habit within energy research to say something about policy implications.
To give policy advice is, of course, important because it gives valuable information to policy makers based on thorough knowledge coming from research. However, it is also a practice worth both developing and reflecting upon. Policy advice is, often, unreflected, given in a way that it supports the technology studied. If the research is about wind power, policy implications often will concern tax reduction or subsidies to the wind sector, if it concerns PVs, then the same recommendations will be given, but targeting PVs, if it concerns biogas… etc. However, the consequences are seldom discussed, such as, if we prioritize one technology, where should the government cut down? A system perspective has often been lacking.
Another neglected area is to discuss what criteria to evaluate a suggested policy against, is it in relation to impact, outcome, output environmental effectiveness, cost efficiency, administrative burden, transaction costs, sustainability, flexibility, predictability, acceptability, etc.?
There are many research strands that are engaged in contributing to sustainable energy policy and have identified relevant components and transformative capacities. This Special Issue invites researchers from all these fields to send in contributions on this topic, which could concern, for example:
- reflections on the ‘policy implication’ practice within energy research
- how to develop sustainable energy policy
- how to give relevant policy advice without surrender to reductionism
- energy policy in a system perspective
- good examples in relation to sustainable energy policy
- top-down and bottom-up perspectives, as well as those that falls in between
- energy advise in relation to how it should be evaluated, what criteria the advice relates to
- case studies that deal with sustainable energy policy at all levels: International, national, regional and local
Both empirical and conceptual contributions are invited. Inter-disciplinary contributions, which include perspectives from several research fields, are encouraged.
Prof. Jenny Palm
Manuscript Submission Information
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- energy policy
- policy implication
- policy advice
- sustainable policy
- case study