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2001–2008: European-Scale Experimentation in Renewable Energy Policy-Making

  • Béatrice Cointe
  • Alain Nadaï
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Part of the Progressive Energy Policy book series (PEP)

Abstract

The chapter analyses two evolutions in European renewable electricity policy between 2001 and 2008. The first was a sophistication of renewable electricity support schemes, in particular feed-in tariffs. The second was the consolidation of expertise about renewable electricity policy. Cointe and Nadaï describe how feed-in tariffs were re-arranged in their design and in their relations to European law. In parallel, they trace the expansion of literature on renewable electricity policy. This production of expertise was partly driven by the European Commission and its will to coordinate renewable electricity policy across Europe via regular assessments. The chapter ends on an analysis of the validation of feed-in tariffs as “market-based” by the Commission, arguing that it also reflected a shift in focus from competition to investment.

Keywords

Feed-in tariffs European Union Erneuerbare-Energien Gesetz Experimentation Innovation trajectories 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Béatrice Cointe
    • 1
  • Alain Nadaï
    • 2
  1. 1.TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.CIRED-CNRS (Centre International de Recherche sur l’Environnement et le Développement)Nogent-sur-MarneFrance

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