Environmental Regulations, Market Structure and Technological Progress in Renewable Energy Technology - A Panel Data Study on Wind Turbines

24 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2011

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Dirk T. G. Rübbelke

Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg

Pia Weiss

Nottingham University Business School

Date Written: April 15, 2011

Abstract

We study the impact of environmental regulations on the patent activities for wind turbines between 1980 and 2008. We explicitly control for energy market liberalisation and take a potential interaction between liberalisation and policy instruments into account. We find a strong and highly significant effect of environmental tax revenues, which we regard as a proxy for the extent to which energy prices changed in favour of renewable energies, as well as foreign demand for wind turbines on innovation activities. In addition, we find that price-based policy instruments are more effective in fostering innovations in the wind turbine technology when energy markets are fully open to competition. In contrast, non-price-based policy instruments such as grants or low interest rate loans are largely independent from whether or not energy markets are liberalised.

Keywords: Environmental Policy, Renewable Energy, Market Structure, Wind Turbines, Innovation, Patents, Technological Change

JEL Classification: Q55, Q58, O34, O38

Suggested Citation

Rübbelke, Dirk T. G. and Weiss, Pia, Environmental Regulations, Market Structure and Technological Progress in Renewable Energy Technology - A Panel Data Study on Wind Turbines (April 15, 2011). FEEM Working Paper No. 32.2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1810525 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1810525

Dirk T. G. Rübbelke (Contact Author)

Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg ( email )

Freiberg, 09599
Germany

Pia Weiss

Nottingham University Business School ( email )

Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

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