The Geopolitics of Renewables

  • Daniel Scholten

Part of the Lecture Notes in Energy book series (LNEN, volume 61)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Emerging Global Energy Game; Winners and Losers

  3. Regional and Bilateral Energy Relations of Established and Rising Powers

  4. Infrastructure Developments and Governance Responses

  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 329-338

About this book


Renewable energy represents a game changer for interstate energy relations. The abundant and intermittent nature of sources, possibilities for decentral generation and use of rare earth materials, and generally electric nature of distribution make renewable energy systems very different from those of fossil fuels. What do these geographic and technical characteristics imply for infrastructure topology and operations, business models, and energy markets? What are the consequences for strategic realities and policy considerations of producer, consumer, and transit countries and energy-related patterns of cooperation and conflict between them? Who are the likely winners and losers?


The Geopolitics of Renewables is the first in-depth exploration of the implications for interstate energy relations of a transition towards renewable energy. Fifteen international scholars combine insights from several disciplines - international relations, geopolitics, energy security, renewable energy technology, economics, sustainability transitions, and energy policy - to establish a comprehensive overview and understanding of the emerging energy game. Focus is on contemporary developments and how they may shape the coming decades on three levels of analysis:

·              The emerging global energy game; winners and losers

·              Regional and bilateral energy relations of established and rising powers

·              Infrastructure developments and governance responses


The book is recommended for academics and policy makers. It offers a novel analytical framework that moves from geography and technology to economics and politics to investigate the geopolitical implications of renewable energy and provides practical illustrations and policy recommendations related to specific countries and regions such as the US, EU, China, India, OPEC, and Russia.


Renewable Energy Geopolitics Energy Security Energy Policy New Energy Game

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel Scholten
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Technology, Policy and ManagementDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-67854-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-67855-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-1284
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-1292
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