Institutionalising Green Electricity

P. Hofman

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Both energy companies and consumers have embraced green electricity as a concept in which electricity produced by renewable energy sources is separately marketed and priced from conventionally generated electricity based on fossil or nuclear sources. After its introduction in 1995 by an energy distributor at the end of 2003 around 35 % (2.4 million) of Dutch households were buying green electricity, and more than twenty providers of varieties of the product had emerged. From the perspective of realising a sustainable electricity system this seems very promising as inherent to `green¿ electricity is its renewable source base. From the perspective of realising systems change the new practice involves different competencies, routines and interaction patterns and signifies the creation of a path diverging from the fossil based trajectory of the electricity sector.
Original languageUndefined
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherCenter for Clean Technology and Environmental Policy
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

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  • IR-50730

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