Introduction

  • Bert Droste-Franke
  • Boris P. Paal
  • Christian Rehtanz
  • Dirk Uwe Sauer
  • Jens-Peter Schneider
  • Miranda Schreurs
  • Thomas Ziesemer
Chapter
Part of the Ethics of Science and Technology Assessment book series (ETHICSSCI, volume 40)

Abstract

The industrial revolution led to a technological and energy transformation in Europe. Economies that through the end of the nineteenth century had been primarily driven by coal and small-scale renewables diversified their energy mix and became increasingly dependent on oil, natural gas, medium- and large-scale hydropower and nuclear energy. Since the beginning of the 1970s, it has become increasingly clear that resource and environmental constraints significantly influence economic activities and can limit economic growth if not managed satisfactorily. Importantly, the publication of the Club of Rome report, Limits to Growth (Meadows et al. 1972) injected economic theory and modelling into the discussion of natural resource use. This book does the same in relation to a low-carbon European electricity future.

Keywords

Renewable Energy Renewable Energy Policy Energy Distribution System Future Energy System Actual Power Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bert Droste-Franke
    • 1
  • Boris P. Paal
    • 2
  • Christian Rehtanz
    • 3
  • Dirk Uwe Sauer
    • 4
  • Jens-Peter Schneider
    • 5
  • Miranda Schreurs
    • 6
  • Thomas Ziesemer
    • 7
  1. 1.Europäische Akademie GmbHBad Neuenahr-AhrweilerGermany
  2. 2.Universität FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  3. 3.Lehrstuhl für Energiesysteme und EnergiewirtschaftTU DortmundNordrhein-WestfalenGermany
  4. 4.Institut für Stromrichtertechnik und Elektrische AntriebeRWTH AachenAachenGermany
  5. 5.Institut für Medien- und Informationsrecht/Öffentliches RechtUniversität FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  6. 6.Forschungsstelle für UmweltpolitikFreie Universiät BerlinBerlinGermany
  7. 7.Department of EconomicsMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtNetherlands

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