Renewable Energy Governance

Complexities and Challenges

  • Evanthie Michalena
  • Jeremy Maxwell Hills

Part of the Lecture Notes in Energy book series (LNEN, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Transitions Towards Renewable Energy Systems

  4. Hidden Problems Behind the “Re Miracle”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. James Mwangi, Nicholas Kimani, Maina Muniafu
      Pages 119-135
    3. Hugh Byrd, Steve Matthewman
      Pages 137-153
    4. Paris A. Fokaides, Andreas Poullikkas, Constantinos Christofides
      Pages 169-181
    5. George Caralis, Arthouros Zervos, Gao Zhiqiu, Kostas Rados
      Pages 183-202
    6. Viktor Kouloumpis, Xiongwei Liu, Elspeth Lees
      Pages 203-215
  5. Renewable Energy Governance: Food for Thought

  6. Hopes and Fears: Considerations for Future Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 315-315
    2. Tomas Moe Skjølsvold, Marianne Ryghaug, Jon Dugstad
      Pages 337-349
    3. Evanthie Michalena, Jeremy Maxwell Hills
      Pages 387-397
  7. Evanthie Michalena, Jeremy Maxwell Hills
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


This book focuses on Renewable Energy (RE) governance - the institutions, plans, policies and stakeholders that are involved in RE implementation - and the complexities and challenges associated with this much discussed energy area. Whilst RE technologies have advanced and become cheaper, governance schemes rarely support those technologies in an efficient and cost-effective way.

To illustrate the problem, global case-studies delicately demonstrate successes and failures of renewable energy governance. RE here is considered from a number of perspectives: as a regional geopolitical agent, as a tool to meet national RE targets and as a promoter of local development. The book considers daring insights on RE transitions, governmental policies as well as financial tools, such as Feed-in-Tariffs; along with their inefficiencies and costs. This comprehensive probing of RE concludes with a treatment of what we call the “Mega-What” question - who is benefitting the most from RE and how society can get the best deal?

After reading this book, the reader will have been in contact with all aspects of RE governance and be closer to the pulse of RE mechanisms. The reader should also be able to contribute more critically to the dialogue about RE rather than just reinforce the well-worn adage that “RE is a good thing to happen”.


Energy Business Strategy Governmental Agency in Energy Policy Low Carbon Economy Public Sector Sustainability Gains Renewable Energy Policy & Governance

Editors and affiliations

  • Evanthie Michalena
    • 1
  • Jeremy Maxwell Hills
    • 2
  1. 1.ENeC Laboratory, UMR8185Paris Sorbonne and Paris 8 UniversitiesParisFrance
  2. 2.CTL ConsultNewcastle upon TyneUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4471-5594-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-5595-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-1284
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-1292
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