Energy Initiatives in Europe

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Abstract

Energy business shifts from the centralized organizations to networks of producers and consumers labelled as distributed energy generation. This global paradigm shift on energy markets is analyzed with focus on the European Union. The changes evolved during last three decades when the neo-liberal ideology dominated policies. The analysis is that imperfections caused by the vested interests on energy markets have motivated innovators to pursue downscaling of energy technologies based on the local, renewable resources. The innovative efforts invoked numerous local energy initiatives. Their motivations are presented. Local energy initiatives created conditions for adoption of the renewable energy technologies in communities entailing adaptations to the local conditions, which enabled the distributed energy systems. The energy enterprises constituted the fastest growing business in the European Union during 2008–2014. This growth can be attributed to policy support of the renewable energy supplies and to market demands for the distributed energy systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNearly Zero Energy Communities
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Conference for Sustainable Energy (CSE) 2017
EditorsIon Visa, Anca Duta
PublisherSpringer
Pages89-101
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-63215-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-63214-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventConference on Sustainable Energy, CSE 2017 - Transilvania University of Brasov, Brasov, Romania
Duration: 19 Oct 201721 Oct 2017

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Energy
PublisherSpringer
ISSN (Print)2352-2534
ISSN (Electronic)2352-2542

Conference

ConferenceConference on Sustainable Energy, CSE 2017
Abbreviated titleCSE
CountryRomania
CityBrasov
Period19/10/1721/10/17

Keywords

  • Local initiatives
  • Renewable energy
  • Enterprises

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