Pathways for sustainability transitions in the electricity sector : multi-level analysis and empirical illustration.

G.P.J. Verbong, F.W. Geels

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    Abstract

    This paper analyses sustainability transitions in the electriciy sector. Using a Multi Level Perspective on transitions, three transition pathways are briefly elaborated and indications for the consequences for the infrastructure are given. The transformation pathway is characterised by a further hybridisation of the infrastructure; in the reconfiguration pathway, internationalisation and scale increase in renewable generation can lead to the emergence of a Supergrid. The de-alignment and re-alignment pathway is dominated by distributed generation and a focus on more local infrastructures. This pathway involves a major restrcuturing of the elecitricty system, but our conclusion is that this pathway is less likely than the other two. The de-alignment and re-alignment pathway is therefore more dependent on external developments and/or strong policy interventions. However, in all pathways major investments in infrastructure and innovative technologies are needed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the First International Conference on Infrastructure Systems and Services: Building Networks for a Brighter Future (INFRA), November 10-12, 2008
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    Pages1-5
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-6887-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event1st International Conference on Infrastructure and Services : Building Networks for a Brighter Future (INFRA) - Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Duration: 10 Nov 200812 Nov 2008

    Conference

    Conference1st International Conference on Infrastructure and Services : Building Networks for a Brighter Future (INFRA)
    Abbreviated titleINFRA 2008
    CountryNetherlands
    CityRotterdam
    Period10/11/0812/11/08

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