From Laggard to Leader: Explaining Offshore Wind Developments in the UK
Energy Policy, 2014
Science and Technology Policy Research, Working Paper Series No. 2014-02
42 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2016
Date Written: February 01, 2013
Offshore wind technology has recently undergone rapid deployment in the UK. And yet, up until recently, the UK was considered a laggard in terms of deploying renewable energy. How can this burst of offshore activity be explained? An economic analysis would seek signs for newfound competitiveness for offshore wind in energy markets. A policy analysis would highlight renewable energy policy developments and assess their contribution to economic prospects of offshore wind. However, neither perspective sheds sufficient light on the advocacy of the actors involved in the development and deployment of the technology. Without an account of technology politics it is hard to explain continuing policy support despite rising costs. By analysing the actor networks and narratives underpinning policy support for offshore wind, we explain how a fairly effective protective space was constructed through the enrolling of key political and economic interests.
Keywords: UK renewable energy policy, offshore wind, technology politics
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