Apples, oranges, and consistent comparisons of the temporal dynamics of energy transitions

Grubler, Arnulf, Wilson, Charlie and Nemet, Gregory (2016) Apples, oranges, and consistent comparisons of the temporal dynamics of energy transitions. Energy Research & Social Science, 22. pp. 18-25. ISSN 2214-6296

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Abstract

Benjamin Sovacool (2016) has provided interesting food for thought in asking “how long will it take?” for the unfolding of energy transitions. Historical evidence of “grand” or global energy system transitions taking decades to centuries to unfold contrasted with highly selective recent and rapid examples of mostly incremental technological change make for an engaging argument. But the observed contrasts are due to the apples-and-oranges comparison between transitions that are measured differently, defined differently, characterized by different processes, and explained differently.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: technology diffusion,energy transitions,adoption rates
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2016 11:00
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 00:09
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/60764
DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2016.08.015

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