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https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-2023-25
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-2023-25
02 Aug 2023
 | 02 Aug 2023
Status: a revised version of this preprint was accepted for the journal ESD and is expected to appear here in due course.

Social tipping dynamics in the energy system

Floor Alkemade, Bart de Bruin, Amira El-Feiaz, Francesco Pasimeni, Leila Niamir, and Robert Wade

Abstract. The fast growth in renewables has led to an economic tipping point for the adoption of renewables. However, we do not observe a corresponding reduction in fossil fuel demand. The tipping point has not led to a system-wide energy transition. This paper reviews how the cost tipping point in renewables can initiate other social tipping dynamics in the energy transition and it presents energy communities as a promising and fast-growing niche environment that can exploit and foster such tipping dynamics.

Floor Alkemade, Bart de Bruin, Amira El-Feiaz, Francesco Pasimeni, Leila Niamir, and Robert Wade

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on esd-2023-25', Anonymous Referee #1, 04 Sep 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Floor Alkemade, 24 Oct 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', Floor Alkemade, 24 Oct 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on esd-2023-25', Anonymous Referee #2, 27 Sep 2023
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Floor Alkemade, 24 Oct 2023

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on esd-2023-25', Anonymous Referee #1, 04 Sep 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Floor Alkemade, 24 Oct 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', Floor Alkemade, 24 Oct 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on esd-2023-25', Anonymous Referee #2, 27 Sep 2023
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Floor Alkemade, 24 Oct 2023
Floor Alkemade, Bart de Bruin, Amira El-Feiaz, Francesco Pasimeni, Leila Niamir, and Robert Wade
Floor Alkemade, Bart de Bruin, Amira El-Feiaz, Francesco Pasimeni, Leila Niamir, and Robert Wade

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The fast growth in renewables has led to an economic tipping point for the adoption of renewables. This paper reviews how the cost tipping point in renewables can initiate other social tipping dynamics in the energy transition and it presents energy communities as a promising and fast-growing niche environment that can exploit and foster such tipping dynamics.
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