Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/146275
Authors: 
Sovacool, Benjamin K.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2016/81
Abstract: 
According to some definitions, an energy transition refers to the time that elapses between the introduction of a new primary energy source, or prime mover, and its rise to claiming a substantial share of the overall market. According to one academic view, energy transitions take an incredibly long time to occur. Another view argues the opposite. It suggests that there have been many transitions at varying scales that have occurred quite quickly - that is, between a few years and a decade or so, or within a single generation. This paper holds that both sides are partly right, and partly wrong. After presenting evidence in support of either thesis, it elucidates four lessons for energy analysts and policy makers.
Subjects: 
energy transitions
energy pathways
transition pathways
energy security
JEL: 
N7
P28
P48
Q47
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-124-6
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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