Renewable Energy Technological Potential Assessment for Evidence-Based Policy-Making
The ever-increasing competition among nations over fossil fuels has constantly led to military and political conflicts. While some countries earn national incomes on extracting and exporting hydrocarbons, others have applied efforts to secure the uninterrupted import of oil, gas, and coal. The centuries-long dominant position of fossil fuels as economic drivers has led to the establishment of major players—multinational companies that would like to preserve their business as long as possible.
However, waves of innovations in energy technologies led to the paradigm shifts in the industrial and societal development. The chapter analyzes recent developments of wind and solar power and their contribution to the changing energy mix and clean energy production. Policy measures taken in Russia are used to illustrate concerted political initiatives to promote environmentally friendly energy generation in a country that predominantly relies on fossil fuels.
KeywordsRenewable Technical assessment Energy efficiency Wind power Solar power
The book chapter combines two earlier published papers on methodology of renewable potential assessment and the first calculations of this potential for Russia:
Ermolenko B.V., Ermolenko G.V., Fetisova Yu., Proskuryakova L.N. (2017) Wind and solar PV technical potentials: measurement methodology and assessments for Russia. Energy, Vol. 137, pp 1001–1012.
Ermolenko G., Proskuryakova L., Ermolenko B. (2017) Switching to renewables: what will Russia gain? Foresight, Vol. 19, No. 5, pp. 528–540.
Contributions in this publication were supported within the framework of the Basic Research Program at the National Research University HSE and were funded within the framework of the subsidy by the Russian Academic Excellence Project ‘5-100’.
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