Transforming the energy system: The role of institutions, interests and ideas

  • Schreuer A
  • Rohracher H
  • Späth P
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Since the end of the last century energy systems have been undergoing a process of transformation. This is due to a number of reasons including the increasing pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, newgovernance regimes to co-ordinate energy (and other) infrastructures and the transformative potential of new technologies such as decentralised electricity generation technologies and the use of information and communication technologies (ICT). The crucial importance of energy generation and consumption for social welfare, environment, climate change and resource exploitation puts these transformation processes high on the social and political agenda. However, the dynamics of such highly complex and uncertain transformation processes, factors shaping transformation pathways and strategies to influence energy transitions are not yet well understood. A long-term process of technological and infrastructural change such as a transformation of the energy system involves a variety of social and political processes and can be studied from a number of different perspectives. The papers in this special issue of Technology Analysis and Strategic Management aim to broaden our understanding of different dimensions of energy system transformation and provide new empirical insights on innovation processes and on the extent to which they can be co-shaped by different actors.

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  • Anna Schreuer

  • Harald Rohracher

  • Philipp Späth

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