Quantities vs. capacities: Minimizing the social cost of renewable energy promotion
AbstractIn this article we show how different promotion schemes for renewables affect economic welfare. Our starting point is that external benefits of renewable electricity supply besides the abatement of greenhouse gases are not related to actual electricity generation but to producing and installing capacity. We argue that generation based subsidies such as feed-in tariffs and bonus payments can only be a second-best solution. Our model framework allows us to explain how these second-best instruments cause welfare losses in an environment of volatile demand. We postulate that capacity payments for renewables should be implemented in order to avoid unnecessary social costs. --
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Date of creation: 2012
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Renewable Energy Sources; Energy Policy; Promotion Instruments;
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- Mark Andor & Kai Flinkerbusch & Achim VoÃŸ, . "Quantities vs. Capacities: Minimizing the Social Cost of Renewable Energy Promotion," Working Papers, Institute of Spatial and Housing Economics, Munster Universitary 201284, Institute of Spatial and Housing Economics, Munster Universitary.
- Q41 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Demand and Supply; Prices
- Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy
- H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
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- NEP-ALL-2012-09-09 (All new papers)
- NEP-ENE-2012-09-09 (Energy Economics)
- NEP-ENV-2012-09-09 (Environmental Economics)
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