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Regional winners and losers in future UK energy system transitions

Li, FGN; Pye, S; Strachan, N; (2016) Regional winners and losers in future UK energy system transitions. Energy Strategy Reviews , 13-14 pp. 11-31. 10.1016/j.esr.2016.08.002. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper demonstrates the integration of institutional perspectives on energy system transitions into formal energy economic modelling. The perspectives of key UK energy system stakeholders have been used to develop three socio-technical narratives of energy system change that are quantified in a 24-region techno-economic model of the country. Implementing these three narratives in the model environment allows their feasibility for meeting climate targets to be assessed as well as articulating their implied sub-national regional outlooks for technologies and investment. The latter elements are discussed in light of the regional socioeconomic and demographic landscape. The study highlights some of the regional political dimensions associated with future investment targeting in the UK energy system. In particular, energy policy decisions may create tensions between the four different UK government administrations as well as raising important questions about regional economic development and how an equitable energy transition can be achieved for all.

Type: Article
Title: Regional winners and losers in future UK energy system transitions
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.esr.2016.08.002
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.esr.2016.08.002
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Keywords: Energy systems; Energy economics; Energy transitions; Energy modelling; Spatial modelling; Decarbonisation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1508332
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