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Renewable energy policy in the presence of innovation: does government pre-commitment matter?

  • Reinhard Madlener

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    (Institute for Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior (FCN), RWTH Aachen University)

  • Ilja Neustadt

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    (Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich)

In a perfectly competitive market with a possibility of technological innovation we contrast guaranteed feed-in tariffs for electricity from renewables and tradable green certificates from a dynamic efficiency and social welfare point of view. Specifically, we model decisions about the technological innovation with convex costs within the framework of a game-theoretic model, and discuss implications for optimal policy design under different assumptions regarding regulatory pre-commitment. We find that for the case of technological innovation with convex costs subsidy policies are preferable over quota-based policies. Further, in terms of dynamic efficiency, no pre-commitment policies are shown to be at least as good as the pre-commitment ones. Thus, a government with a preference for innovation being performed if the achievable cost reduction is high should be in favor of the no pre-commitment regime.

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Paper provided by Socioeconomic Institute - University of Zurich in its series SOI - Working Papers with number 1010.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2010
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