A strategic energy technology policy towards 2050 : No-regret strategies for European technology push
Title: A strategic energy technology policy towards 2050 : No-regret strategies for European technology push
Citation: International Journal of Energy Technology and Policy, 2013, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 160-174
Series/Number: [Florence School of Regulation]
ISSN: 1741-508X; 1472-8923
As current policy frameworks are expiring soon, the EU is revisiting its energy technology policy for the post-2020 horizon. The main long-run objective for energy technology policy is to foster the achievement of ambitious EU goals for decarbonisation. We discuss how European energy technology policy towards 2050 can be effective despite: 1) uncertain carbon prices; 2) uncertain technological change; and 3) uncertain or alternating policy paradigms shifting the focus from decarbonisation towards competitiveness or energy supply security. Public support to innovation in energy technologies is needed to correct for market failures and imperfections, as well as to fully exploit trade opportunities of such technologies on global markets. Benefits from EU intervention can be expected from the coordination of national policies. Effective European technology push should put strong emphasis on pushing consumption-oriented and enabling technologies, as these offer a no-regret strategy vis-à-vis any future context.
Initial version: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/27256
Version: Published version of EUI RSCAS WP 2013/40 Florence School of Regulation
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