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Major factors contributing to wind power diffusion: foresight: Vol 16, No 3

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the linkages between the technological, market and political environment in the wind power industry, and their contribution to market diffusion.

Design/methodology/approach

The evaluation is based on a literature review of the wind power industry and policy issues in selected countries, patent and financial analyses of leading European firms, and semi-structured interviews of energy experts.

Findings

The results reveal that the industry is policy-driven, and appropriate energy politics are crucial in continuing the rapid wind power market diffusion during the next decades. Wind power technologies are in an accelerating stage of evolution, and competitive technologies contribute to market diffusion and firms’ financial performance. However, without adequate energy subsidies and emission trading schemes the industry will not be competitive in the energy markets, where other energy sources, including fossil fuels, are also subsidized.

Research limitations/implications

This case focuses mainly on the leading European industry actors and has a European perspective in policy issues. The analyses are limited to the main support mechanisms and countries where the diffusion of renewable energy has been rapid.

Practical implications

The wind power industry is still in the emerging phase in its life-cycle, and well-planned and efficiently implemented public support schemes are needed in order for the firms to compete successfully in the markets. The industry will propably be competitive without subsidies in 10-20 years.

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One of my clients uses monetization of non-traditional capital. I have worried about her trade-off discussions because money is not a good proxy for true weighting and offsetting of impacts.  I think the MultiCapital Scorecard concept is very useful...This article  summarizes and contrasts the different approaches well. 

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Prediction, precaution, and policy under global change

A great deal of research to inform environmental conservation and management takes a predict-and-prescribe strategy in which improving forecasts about future states of ecosystems is the primary goal. But sufficiently thorough understanding of ecosystems needed to reduce deep uncertainties is probably not achievable, seriously limiting the potential effectiveness of the predict-and-prescribe approach. Instead, research should integrate more closely with policy development to identify the range of alternative plausible futures and develop strategies that are robust across these scenarios and responsive to unpredictable ecosystem dynamics.


Prediction, precaution, and policy under global change
Daniel E. Schindler, Ray Hilborn

Science 27 February 2015:
Vol. 347 no. 6225 pp. 953-954
http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1261824


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