Apples, oranges, and consistent comparisons of the temporal dynamics of energy transitions

Grubler A, Wilson C, & Nemet GF (2016). Apples, oranges, and consistent comparisons of the temporal dynamics of energy transitions. Energy Research & Social Science 22: 18-25. DOI:10.1016/j.erss.2016.08.015.

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Abstract

Benjamin Sovacool (2016) has provided interesting food for thought in asking “how long will it take?” for the unfolding of energy transitions. Historical evidence of “grand” or global energy system transitions taking decades to centuries to unfold contrasted with highly selective recent and rapid examples of mostly incremental technological change make for an engaging argument. But the observed contrasts are due to the apples-and-oranges comparison between transitions that are measured differently, defined differently, characterized by different processes, and explained differently.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: technology diffusion; energy transitions; adoption rates
Research Programs: Transitions to New Technologies (TNT)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2016 06:14
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2017 09:02
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/13800

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