Changing the energy system is a key societal challenge.
Current energy systems, characterized by central production of (fossil and
nuclear) energy are more and more prone to problems related to security of
supply, geopolitical instable relations, price instability, and harmful
environmental impacts. Moreover, in many countries there is a call among
citizens to spur development of new energy systems, characterized by
decentralized energy production and increased use of renewable sources.
Diffusion of innovations in energy production, distribution and consumption is
key to spur systemic change (and hence energy transition). However,
transitional change will not only depend on technological innovation. It also
involves awareness raising, improved resource management, changing social (and
behavioral) practices, preferences, and institutions. This new energy system
matches current economic, regulatory and policy models and market preferences
Full understanding of social practices, organisations,
market mechanisms and policies is necessary to identify drivers for changing
energy systems, and trigger development of incentives and intervention
strategies to foster transitional change from one energy system to another. New
governance and market models are called for to spur this transitional change.
CONTACT PERSON: MAARTEN ARENTSEN