Negotiating the energy policy ‘trilemma’ – an analysis of UK energy governance from a socio-technical systems perspective
Ronan Bolton and Tim Foxon – University of Leeds
This paper analyses contemporary energy governance dynamics in the UK, focusing on recent policy changes designed to promote electricity sector investment and enable the transition towards a low carbon energy system. The purpose of the paper is to analyse how UK energy governance is evolving to address the energy policy ‘trilemma’ of affordability, decarbonisation and energy security, and to explore potential implications for long term transition pathways to a low carbon energy system. We draw from the socio-technical systems and transitions literature to analyse new coevolutionary interactions between actors, institutions and technologies which are shaping energy governance in a period of uncertainty over the drivers for policy change and likely outcomes.
Presentation: download here – Ronan_B – Panel 1
Paper: download here – Panel 1 – Bolton & Foxon_Negotiating the energy policy‘trilemma