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Governing the transition of socio-technical systems : A case study of the development of smart grids in Korea

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  • Governing the transition of socio-technical systems
  • Mah, Daphne Ngar-yin; Vleuten, Johannes Marinus van der; Ip, Jasper Chi-man; Hills, Peter Ronald
  • Elsevier Ltd


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Title Governing the transition of socio-technical systems
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A case study of the development of smart grids in Korea

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Mah, Daphne Ngar-yin; Vleuten, Johannes Marinus van der; Ip, Jasper Chi-man; Hills, Peter Ronald

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[London]:Elsevier Ltd

Date 2012-06
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Energy Policy:vol. 45
Pages 9
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Economic Administration
Industry and Technology < Energy
Holding Elsevier Ltd

Abstract

This paper examines the motivations, processes and outcomes of the development of smart grids in South Korea through the perspectives of governance and innovation systems. Drawing on desktop research and semi-structured interviews, this paper has two major findings. First, the development of smart grids in Korea has been shaped by various factors including macroeconomic policy, the role of the government, and experimentation. The complex interactions between these factors at the landscape, regime and niche levels has impacted on the development of smart grids. Second, while Korea's government-led approach has its strengths in driving change, it has also exposed weaknesses in the country's ability to mobilise the private sector and consumer participation. Major obstacles including partial electricity market reform and public distrust exist. A systemic perspective is needed for policy in order to accommodate the changes required for smart grid development. Regulatory reforms, particularly price-setting mechanisms, and consumer engagement are priority areas for policy change.