Entries by Elena Verdolini, Laura Díaz Anadón, Erin Baker, Valentina Bosetti, and Lara Aleluia Reis

Future prospects for energy technologies: insights from expert elicitations

Expert elicitation is a structured approach for obtaining judgments from experts about items of interest to decision makers. This method has been increasingly applied in the energy domain to collect information on the future cost, technical performance, and associated uncertainty of specific energy technologies. This article has two main objectives: (1) to introduce the basics […]

Impact assessment of climate policy on Poland’s power sector

Abstract This article addresses the impact of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) on Poland’s conventional energy sector in 2008 – 2020 and further till 2050. Poland is a country with over 80% dependence on coal in the power sector being under political pressure of the European Union’s (EU) ambitious climate policy. The impact of the increase of the […]

The importance of project finance for renewable energy projects

Given the magnitude of investment needs into low-carbon power generation, the availability and cost of capital is crucial for successful energy transitions. Recently, a strong increase of non-recourse project finance (as compared to corporate finance on a project sponsor’s balance sheets) could be observed for power generation projects. Classical economic motivations for project finance are […]

Professor Laura Diaz Anadon invited to speak at the SET Plan – The 10th Year Anniversary  in conjunction with the Central European Energy Conference in Bratislava

On Thursday 30 November, Professor Laura Diaz Anadon was invited to chair a session at the Strategic Energy Technologies (SET) Plan – CEEC 2017 Conference  in Bratislava. The conference was held under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU and was conjoined with the 10th Anniversary of the EU Strategic […]

Six principles for energy innovation

Last month, the European Union marked the tenth year of its Strategic Energy Technology Plan. It is one of many policy initiatives worldwide to accelerate innovation in energy technologies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. As the window of opportunity to avert dangerous climate change closes, we urgently need to take stock of these initiatives — what […]

Professor Paul Ekins presents at COP23 side event in Bonn

On 11 November, Professor Paul Ekins, Project Co-ordinator of INNOPATHS, was invited to speak at a COP23 side event session titled ‘Low Carbon Europe 2050 – The vision and beyond’. The EU is set to reduce GHG emissions by 80-95% by 2050 and plans to bring a new long-term climate strategy on the table in […]

On order and complexity in innovations systems: conceptual frameworks for policy mixes in sustainability transitions

The sheer complexity of sustainability transitions makes it vital to develop simplifying conceptual frameworks. Starting from the contrast between the mainstream innovation-economics and systems-innovation/evolutionary literatures, this paper begins by summarising the “Three Domains” framework, which relates technology innovation and adoption choices to different domains of socio-economic decision-making, at successively larger scales of time and social […]

INNOPATHS workshop on the ‘Dynamics of low-carbon energy finance’

On 21 September, Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) hosted the workshop “Dynamics of low-carbon energy finance” as part of the EU commission sponsored Horizon 2020 project INNOPATHS. In three consecutive sessions, 18 participants from the financial sector, international organisations and academia discussed the financial implications of a low-carbon transition of the European Economy until […]

Rescue US energy innovation

President Trump has proposed severe cuts to US government spending on energy research, development and demonstration, but Congress has the ‘power of the purse’ and can rescue US energy innovation. If serious cuts are enacted, the pace of innovation will slow, harming the economy, energy security and global environmental quality. Written by Laura Diaz Anadon, […]