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Technology and transition: 'progressive evolution of regimes and the consequences for energy regime change
Delft Univ Technol, Delft, Netherlands..
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1902-5155
2016 (English)In: Energy Procedia, ISSN 1876-6102, E-ISSN 1876-6102, Vol. 88, no 1, p. 9-15Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Transition of energy systems has been under-theorised. We have argued previously that energy efficiency as a strategy for fossil fuel replacement is inadequate as energy demand is not being reduced by efficiency alone. This paper is intended to elaborate further on the reasons. We require better answers to better questions about the nature of energy regimes and how they resist change. Our present-day socio-technical energy regime is a global integrated technical arrangement based on cheap high-yield energy sources (fossil fuels) with built-in 'progressive' social and economic directions. This 'progressive' change relies on cheap energy as a resource towards ever greater global integration and economic efficiency. Energy regime change will be not a tinkering at the edges but will require a dismantling of this 'progressive' tendency with radical retrogressive economic and social consequences. We conclude a change of our relationship with energy will require the reversal of a contingent 'progressive' tendency that is as old as mankind and the necessarily modest building of a new infrastructural apparatus designed to a new 'end', or the reversion to previous low or lower demand apparatus based on non-fossil energy sources. Both solutions would imply major social and economic changes which we will deal with in another paper. (C) 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV , 2016. Vol. 88, no 1, p. 9-15
Keywords [en]
energy transition, urban energy system, socio-technical systems, systemic lock-in
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Energy Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-38117DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2016.06.004ISI: 000387975200002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85007551045OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-38117DiVA, id: diva2:1176477
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Applied Energy Symposium and Summit - Low Carbon Cities and Urban Energy Systems (CUE), NOV 15-17, 2015, Fuzhou, PEOPLES R CHINA
Available from: 2018-01-22 Created: 2018-01-22 Last updated: 2018-01-29Bibliographically approved

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