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An Institutional Approach to Understanding Energy Transitions

Abstract Energy is a central concern of sustainability because how we produce and consume energy affects society, economy, and the environment. Sustainability scientists are interested in energy transitions away from fossil fuels because they are nonrenewable, increasingly expensive, have adverse health effects, and may be the main driver of climate change. They see an opportunity for developing countries to avoid the negative consequences fossil-fuel-based energy systems, and also to increase resilience, by leap-frogging-over the centralized energy grid systems that dominate the developed world. Energy transitions pose both challenges and opportunities. Obstacles to transitions include 1) an existing, centralized, complex energy-grid system, whose ... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Koster, Auriane M. (Author) / Anderies, John M (Advisor) / Aggarwal, Rimjhim (Committee member) / Van Der Leeuw, Sander (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Sustainability / Energy / Political Science / Energy / Institutional analysis / Renewable energy / Sustainability / Thailand / Transitions
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 194 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Sustainability 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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