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Renewable energy projections for climate change mitigation: an analysis of uncertainty and errors


al Irsyad, MI and Halog, A and Nepal, R, Renewable energy projections for climate change mitigation: an analysis of uncertainty and errors, Renewable Energy, 130 pp. 536-546. ISSN 0960-1481 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.renene.2018.06.082


Failures of countries to set and achieve renewable energy targets are prevalent, producing uncertainty as to the possibility of renewable energy contributing to a reduction in global emissions. Lack of policy and incorrect modelling analyses are among the sources of these failures and understanding these two sources is crucial for improving confidence in renewables. We assess errors in projections pertaining to the capacity and production of renewable energy in the United States and those countries of the European Union that have strong commitments to green energy supply. Our results show that solar energy has the lowest level of uncertainty as it has the most achievable capacity projections. However, other renewables entail more attractive policies and further research is needed for the advancement of reliable technology and accurate weather predictions. Our findings also provide ranges for the projection uncertainties for six renewable energy technologies, drawing attentions to ways that the dominant errors in these renewable energy projections may be rectified.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:projection error, commitment, technical issues, modelling, policy
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Environment and resource economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Other economic framework
Objective Field:Ecological economics
UTAS Author:Nepal, R (Dr Rabindra Nepal)
ID Code:129953
Year Published:2019 (online first 2018)
Web of Science® Times Cited:38
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2019-01-02
Last Modified:2019-08-26

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