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Article: Governing the transition of socio-technical systems: a case study of the development of smart grids in Korea

TitleGoverning the transition of socio-technical systems: a case study of the development of smart grids in Korea
Authors
KeywordsComplex interaction
Consumer participation
Electricity market
Innovation system
Korea
Issue Date2012
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/enpol
Citation
Energy Policy, 2012, v. 45, p. 133-141 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper examines the motivations, processes and outcomes of the development of smart grids in South Korea through the perspectives of governance and innovation systems. Drawing on desktop research and semi-structured interviews, this paper has two major findings. First, the development of smart grids in Korea has been shaped by various factors including macroeconomic policy, the role of the government, and experimentation. The complex interactions between these factors at the landscape, regime and niche levels has impacted on the development of smart grids. Second, while Korea's government-led approach has its strengths in driving change, it has also exposed weaknesses in the country's ability to mobilise the private sector and consumer participation. Major obstacles including partial electricity market reform and public distrust exist. A systemic perspective is needed for policy in order to accommodate the changes required for smart grid development. Regulatory reforms, particularly price-setting mechanisms, and consumer engagement are priority areas for policy change. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/153255
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 3.045
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.436
ISI Accession Number ID
Funding AgencyGrant Number
University of Hong Kong through the Initiative on Clean Energy and Environment
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We would like to acknowledge appreciation to our anonymous interviewees in Korea for contributing their insights and providing useful information. We thank the two anonymous reviewers for their careful reading and valuable comments on our paper. We remain solely responsible for any errors and omissions in the findings and interpretations expressed in this paper. We gratefully acknowledge the funding of this research by the University of Hong Kong through the Initiative on Clean Energy and Environment.

 

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dc.contributor.authorMah, DNYen_US
dc.contributor.authorVan Der Vleuten, JMen_US
dc.contributor.authorIp, JCMen_US
dc.contributor.authorHills, PRen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-16T10:02:04Z-
dc.date.available2012-07-16T10:02:04Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.citationEnergy Policy, 2012, v. 45, p. 133-141en_US
dc.identifier.issn0301-4215-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/153255-
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the motivations, processes and outcomes of the development of smart grids in South Korea through the perspectives of governance and innovation systems. Drawing on desktop research and semi-structured interviews, this paper has two major findings. First, the development of smart grids in Korea has been shaped by various factors including macroeconomic policy, the role of the government, and experimentation. The complex interactions between these factors at the landscape, regime and niche levels has impacted on the development of smart grids. Second, while Korea's government-led approach has its strengths in driving change, it has also exposed weaknesses in the country's ability to mobilise the private sector and consumer participation. Major obstacles including partial electricity market reform and public distrust exist. A systemic perspective is needed for policy in order to accommodate the changes required for smart grid development. Regulatory reforms, particularly price-setting mechanisms, and consumer engagement are priority areas for policy change. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/enpolen_US
dc.relation.ispartofEnergy Policyen_US
dc.subjectComplex interaction-
dc.subjectConsumer participation-
dc.subjectElectricity market-
dc.subjectInnovation system-
dc.subjectKorea-
dc.titleGoverning the transition of socio-technical systems: a case study of the development of smart grids in Koreaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailMah, DNY: daphnema@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailVan Der Vleuten, JM: joost@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailIp, JCM: jasperip@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailHills, PR: phills@hkucc.hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.enpol.2012.02.005-
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dc.identifier.hkuros201316en_US
dc.identifier.volume45en_US
dc.identifier.spage133en_US
dc.identifier.epage141en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000303956700015-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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