This innovative book explores the adoption of energy-saving technologies and their impact on energy efficiency improvements. It contains a mix of theoretical and empirical contributions, and combines and compares economic and physical indicators to monitor and analyse trends in energy efficiency. The authors pay considerable attention to empirical research on the determinants of energy-saving investment including uncertainty, energy-price volatility and subsidies. They also discuss the role of energy modelling in policy design and the potential effect of energy policies on technology diffusion in energy-extensive sectors. Written from a multi-disciplinary perspective, this book will appeal to academics and graduates in the areas of energy-saving technologies, energy economics and natural resource economics, as well as policy makers - particularly those in energy policy.
Contents: Preface Introduction 1. Energy Efficiency and Technological Change Raymond J.G.M. Florax, Henri L.F. de Groot and Peter Mulder PART I: TRENDS IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY 2. A Spatial Perspective on Global Energy Productivity Trends Peter Mulder, Raymond J.G.M. Florax and Henri L.F. de Groot 3. Energy Productivity Performance Across 14 OECD Countries: The Role of Energy-Extensive Sectors Peter Mulder and Henri L.F. de Groot 4. Using Physical Indicators to Monitor Energy Efficiency in Energy-Extensive Sectors Andrea Ramirez, Martin K. Patel and Kornelis Blok 5. Monitoring Energy Use and Energy Efficiency in the Dutch Service Sector Andrea Ramirez, Martin K. Patel and Kornelis Blok PART II: TECHNOLOGY AND INVESTMENT BEHAVIOUR 6. Adoption Criteria, Diffusion, and Firm Size: The Role of Learning in Reconciling Theories of Endogenous Technical Change with Empirical Evidence Greg W. Hunter 7. A Meta-Regression Analysis of the Investment-Uncertainty Relationship Mark J. Koetse, Henri L.F. de Groot and Raymond J.G.M. Florax 8. The Effects of Uncertainty on Investments: Analysing the Environmental Impact of Energy Market Liberalization Daan P. van Soest and Henri L.F. de Groot PART III: ENERGY POLICY DESIGN 9. Energy Investment Behaviour: Firm Heterogeneity and Subsidy Design Daan P. van Soest and Herman R.J. Vollebergh 10. Effectiveness of Energy Policies in the Service Sector Kornelis Blok, Suzanne Joosen and Mirjam Harmelink 11. Energy Model and Policy Advice: The Effect of Model Choice Willem J.H. van Groenendaal EPILOGUE 12. Conclusions and Future Research Raymond J.G.M. Florax, Henri L.F. de Groot and Peter Mulder Index
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