IFG 4 Public Lecture Series: Sociotechnical typologies for national energy transitions: : Dr. Norbert Edomah

  • October 22, 2020 - 11:30

The energy landscape is changing dramatically. It is populated by many different and discrete energy transitions happening simultaneously across different sectors, with dynamically different drivers, and across varying locations. A new three-part categorization is proposed to help better understand the myriad sociotechnical changes being witnessed, which cut across user and market behavior as well as institutions and technologies. We express energy transitions in three categories: Interim energy transitions, shaped by policies without necessarily public acceptance, mostly within non-democratic regimes. Deliberate energy transitions, driven by citizen-driven change without supporting policies. Transformative energy transitions stem from a combination of policy and citizen-driven change. The degree of permanence of these three transition types depends on the real and perceived benefits to energy users, sustained adoption of technology, and the regulatory regime.