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The Rationale for Policies promoting Renewable Energy Sources and Policy Outcomes in two National Contexts

by Ron Böhler

Essay 2011 24 Pages

Politics - International Politics - General and Theories

Summary

The variety of renewable energy sources range from wind, sunlight, biomass and geothermal heat to rain, tides and waves (hydropower). Notwithstanding their massive importance for EU energy consumption, some energy carriers such as biomass and hydro are seen to be ‘deadlocked’ (Del Río Gonzaléz 2008, p.2917), while the promotion of wind power among EU member states is well researched. Hence, the case here shall be made for solar energy, with special reference to the promotion of photovoltaic (PV) power systems due to their suspected potential for further energy transitions in Europe. Being the ‘fastest growing power-generation technology in the world’ (REN21 2010, p.19), corresponding policy outcomes on the Iberian Peninsula will be illustrated and assessed.

Rational policy-making aims at effective problem-solving strategies based on cost-benefit-calculations. Decisive is not which particular policy may in total terms maximize the outcome, but which one is optimal in relation to costs that accrue from this policy. The underlying question of rational choice theory thus is, why political decision-makers should prioritise a certain ‘path’ of policy-making over others. A rationale has thus always been assessed with regard to the effectiveness and efficiency towards a desired or intended political outcome. The Spanish and Portuguese National Renewable Energy Action Plans portray an adequate guideline for further analysis.

Details

Pages
24
Year
2011
ISBN (eBook)
9783668540552
ISBN (Book)
9783668540569
File size
740 KB
Language
English
Catalog Number
v376548
Institution / College
University of Bath
Grade
1.7
Tags
rationale policies renewable energy sources policy outcomes national contexts

Author

  • Ron Böhler

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