Renewable Energy in European Regions


Krozer, Y. (2012) Renewable Energy in European Regions. International journal of innovation and regional development, 4 (1). 44 - 59. ISSN 1753-0660

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Abstract:The regional dynamics of energy innovation, in particular the shift
from fossil fuels to renewable energy in the EU, is discussed within the
framework of neo-Schumpeterian theory. The EU’s 4.2% average annual
growth in renewable energy production in the last decade has been
accompanied by diverging performances among the EU countries. Regional
performances within a country also vary. The periphery regions seem to
underperform, as is shown for five regions in Denmark, Germany, Netherlands,
Sweden and the UK. Cases of innovation networks in five forerunning regions,
in Austria, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, suggest that the development
of renewable energy emerges from social innovations aimed at regional
development, and it is driven by those change agents that can pull together
national and regional policy instruments for project implementation. Based on
an assessment of a province in the Netherlands, it is concluded that this
development leads to the socially beneficial scaling up of renewable energy,
albeit requiring capital at low interest rates.
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