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Demand-Side Policy: Mechanisms for Success and Failure

Warren, P; (2019) Demand-Side Policy: Mechanisms for Success and Failure. Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy , 8 (1) 10.5547/2160-5890.8.1.pwar. Green open access

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Demand-side management (DSM) policy evaluations, including energy efficiency and demand response, primarily focus on ex-ante appraisals or ex-post evaluations of impacts, such as energy savings, carbon savings and implementation costs. However, there is a knowledge gap in understanding the mechanisms behind the success and failure of demand-side policies. The paper presents the results of a four-year project to systematically review the global evaluation evidence base in order to identify the key factors for success and failure for different types of DSM policy. The realist synthesis type of systematic review has had limited application in the energy policy field and the research developed a methodological approach to apply it to energy policy analysis. The paper inductively identifies 22 key success factors and 25 key failure factors for twelve types of demand-side policy from a sample of 102 high-quality documents, which cover 690 ex-post evaluations and 66 countries and sub-national states across six continents.

Type: Article
Title: Demand-Side Policy: Mechanisms for Success and Failure
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5547/2160-5890.8.1.pwar
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5547/2160-5890.8.1.pwar
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Demand-side management policy; energy efficiency policy; demand response; policy success; policy evaluation; systematic review
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10092585
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