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Meso-level analysis, the missing link in energy strategies

Meso-level analysis, the missing link in energy strategies,10.1016/j.enpol.2006.04.013,Energy Policy,Niels J. Schenk,Henri C. Moll,Anton J. M. Schoot

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Energy is essential for human societies. Energy systems, though, are also associated with several adverse environmental effects. So far societies have been unable to successfully change their energy systems in a way that addresses environmental and health concerns.Lack of policy consensus often resulted in so-called ‘stop-go’ policies, which were identified as some of the most important barriers regarding successful energy transitions. The lack of policy consensus and coherent long-term strategies may result from a lack of knowledge of energy systems’ meso-level dynamics.The meso-level involves the dynamic behaviour of the individual system elements and the coupling of individual technologies, resulting in interdependencies and regimes.Energy systems are at the meso-level characterised by two typical aspects, i.e. dynamics driven by interactions between actors, and heterogeneous characteristics of actors.These aspects give rise to the ineffectiveness of traditional energy policies, which is illustrated with examples from the transport sector and household electricity consumption.We found that analysis of energy systems at the meso-level helps to better understand energy systems. To resolve persistent policy issues, the traditional ‘one size fits all’ energy policies are not sufficient. In order to tackle the difficult issues, ‘redesign of system organisation’, ‘target group approach’, or ‘target group induced system re-orientation’ are needed.
Journal: Energy Policy - ENERG POLICY , vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 1505-1516, 2007
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    • ...management of energy systems including the advancement of renewables and appropriate decision-making with respect to strategies and institutional settings is also necessary economically, socially and environmentally (Schenk et al. 2007)...

    Sk Noim Uddinet al. Towards a sustainable energy future—exploring current barriers and pot...

    • ...A thorough analysis of the meso-level of dominant socio-technical regimes may thus crucially contribute to understanding the dynamics of energy system transformation (why do certain technologies and strategies fail?) and to designing more appropriate energy policies that more coherently focus on technological and institutional levels as well as on changing social practices and other framework conditions (see e.g. Schenk, Moll and Schoot ...

    Harald Rohracher. Energy systems in transition: contributions from social sciences

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