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Electrification: Accelerating the Energy Transition offers a widely applicable framework to delineate context-sensitive pathways by which this transition can be accelerated and lists the types of processes and structures that may hinder progress towards this goal. The framework draws insights from well-established literature, ranging from technological studies to socio-technical studies of energy transitions, on to strategic niche management approaches, (international) political economy approaches, and institutionalist literatures, while also adopting wider social theoretical ideas from structuration theory. Contributors discuss a multitude of case studies drawn from global examples of electrification projects.
Brief case studies and text boxes help users further understand this domain and the technological, infrastructural and societal structures that may exercise significant powers.
- Proposes a globally applicable, inclusive framework linking together several literatures of energy transition research (ranging from the social sciences to law and engineering)
- Assesses the regional and national applicability of solutions, covering the societal structures and interests that shape the prospects of their implementation
- Extends the analysis from technological and infrastructural solutions to the policies required to accelerate transition
- Introduces several country level case studies, thus demonstrating how to harness niches of innovation, kick-start the adoption of a solution, and make it mainstream
Early career researchers at graduate and PhD level in engineering disciplines of relevance to energy and electricity; energy economics; energy policy; policy studies; transition studies; future studies and various area studies specializations. Energy analysts. Practitioners within the public and NGO sectors. Policy advisors and energy consultants
Part I Framework for transition to electrification
1. Introduction: electrification and the energy transition
PAMI AALTO, TERESA HAUKKALA, SARAH KILPELAINEN, AND MATTI KOJO
2. Globally and locally applicable technologies to accelerate electrification
C. JOHANNES MUTH, PAMI AALTO, FANNI MYLLARI, TOPI RONKKO, AND PIRKKO HARSIA
3. How to accelerate electrification? The leverage of policies
PAMI AALTO, KIRSI KOTILAINEN, BENJAMIN SOVACOOL, AND KIM TALUS
Part II Part-solutions
4. How can society accelerate renewable energy production?
TERESA HAUKKALA, HANNELE HOLTTINEN, JUHA KIVILUOMA, AKIHISA MORI, SIRJA-LEENA PENTTINEN, SARAH KILPELAINEN, KIM TALUS, AND PAMI AALTO
5. The role of energy storage and backup solutions for management of a system with a high amount of variable renewable power
JUHA KOSKELA, SIRJA-LEENA PENTTINEN, TAIMI VESTERINEN, HANNELE HOLTTINEN, JUKKA KONTTINEN, PERTTI JARVENTAUSTA, JUHA KIVILUOMA, PAMI AALTO, AND KIM TALUS
6. Toward smarter and more flexible grids
SAMI REPO, HANNELE HOLTTINEN, TOMAS BJORKQVIST, KIMMO LUMMI, JUSSI VALTA, LASSE PELTONEN, AND PERTTI JARVENTAUSTA
7. Policies for climate-neutral road transport
MATTI KOJO, KALLE ARO, KIRSI KOTILAINEN, AKIHISA MORI, ANNA PAAKKONEN, ANTTI RAUTIAINEN,
JUSSI VALTA, PAMI AALTO, JUKKA KONTTINEN, AND BENJAMIN SOVACOOL
8. Electrification and energy efficiency in buildings: Policy implications and interactions
SIRJA-LEENA PENTTINEN, KARI KALLIOHARJU, JAAKKO SORRI, JUHANI HELJO, AND PIRKKO HARSIA
9. From energy consumers to prosumers--how do policies influence the transition?
KIRSI KOTILAINEN, JUSSI VALTA, ULLA A. SAARI, MATTI KOJO, AND ILKKA RUOSTETSAARI
10. Anticipating future trends in energy transition: Multilevel dynamics in energy policy agenda-setting
JARI KAIVO-OJA, JARMO VEHMAS, AND JYRKI LUUKKANEN
Part III Combining part-solutions
11. How to combine various solutions in a national context?
TOMAS BJORKQVIST, YRJO MAJANNE, AND MATTI VILKKO
12. Analyzing electrification scenarios for the northern European energy system
ESA PURSIHEIMO AND JUHA KIVILUOMA
13. Toward a roadmap for electrification
PAMI AALTO, MATTI KOJO, AND AKIHISA MORI
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- 8th August 2021
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Pami Aalto is Jean Monnet Professor in International Relations at the Tampere University, Finland, and works at the interface of energy policy, international relations and international political economy as well as interdisciplinary studies in general, with particular interest in the Nordic countries, Europe, Russia and East Asia. During 2015-21 he leads EL-TRAN, a large-scale consortium of some 50 researchers working on the transition of the electric energy system to a more climate neutral direction in various engineering disciplines, law, politics and international relations as well as future studies, funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland. Alongside scholarly work, the consortium seeks to engage with the business, public administration and NGO sectors, in order to find solutions applicable to the ongoing energy transition. Since 2015, Aalto is Member of the International Advisory Board of Energy Policy.
Jean Monnet Professor in International Relations, Tampere University, Finland
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