Introduction - Renewable Energy Governance - Is it Blocking the Technically Feasible?.- Renewable and Conventional Electricity Generation Systems: Technologies and Diversity of Energy Systems.- Institutional Factors that Determine Energy Transitions: A Comparative Case Study Approach.- Renewable Energy: Urban Centres Lead the Dance in Australia?.- Endogenous Tourism Development Through Renewable Energy Governance: A Questionable Challenge.- Outliers or Frontrunners? Exploring the (Self-) Governance of Community-owned Sustainable Energy in Scotland and the Netherlands.- Renewable Energy Governance in Kenya: Plugging into the Grid, 'Plugging into Progress'.- Renewable Energy in New Zealand: The Reluctance for Resilience.- The Development of Renewable Energy Governance in Greece. Examples of a Failed (?) Policy.- Lost in the National Labyrinths of Bureaucracy: The Case of Renewable Energy Governance in Cyprus .
This book focuses on Renewable Energy (RE) governance - the institutions, plans, policies and stakeholders that are involved in RE implementation - and the complexities and challenges associated with this much discussed energy area. Whilst RE technologies have advanced and become cheaper, governance schemes rarely support those technologies in an efficient and cost-effective way.
To illustrate the problem, global case-studies delicately demonstrate successes and failures of renewable energy governance. RE here is considered from a number of perspectives: as a regional geopolitical agent, as a tool to meet national RE targets and as a promoter of local development. The book considers daring insights on RE transitions, governmental policies as well as financial tools, such as Feed-in-Tariffs; along with their inefficiencies and costs. This comprehensive probing of RE concludes with a treatment of what we call the "Mega-What" question - who is benefitting the most from RE and how society can get the best deal?
After reading this book, the reader will have been in contact with all aspects of RE governance and be closer to the pulse of RE mechanisms. The reader should also be able to contribute more critically to the dialogue about RE rather than just reinforce the well-worn adage that "RE is a good thing to happen".
Identifies the key principles associated with RE governance to explore the concerns and issues associated with energy governance
Provides case studies to highlight the complexity of energy governance and to consider different solutions
Includes examples and chapters from across the globe to cover a range of examples and scenarios such as fast developing countries, lesser developing countries, small island developing states