Assessing the Role of Cooperation Mechanisms for Achieving the Austrian 2020 Renewable Energy Target (Project ReFlex)

119 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2012 Last revised: 9 Jun 2020

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Andreas Tuerk

Joanneum Research

Gustav Resch

Vienna University of Technology

Daniel Steiner

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Karl W. Steininger

University of Graz

Date Written: October 15, 2012

Abstract

This paper offers a first assessment of the use and impacts of the RES cooperation mechanisms for achieving the Austrian 34% RES-target by 2020. A comprehensive model-supported analysis has been conducted that assesses the impacts of increasing domestic energy efficiency and renewable energy measures and the potential for cooperation with other (EU) countries through the use of the cooperation mechanisms. In addition to direct impacts related to RES deployment and energy efficiency measures, macroeconomic and external effects were incorporated into the analysis. The paper concludes that an overachievement of Austria’s RES target economically makes sense from both an Austrian and a European perspective. Moreover, such a strategy may serve as a safeguard against unpredictable changes and could lay the foundation for future RES target achievements and would contribute to an economically attractive and future-oriented pathway for Austria’s RES policy while facilitating RES cooperation across the European Union.

Keywords: cooperation mechanisms, renewables, 2020 targets

JEL Classification: Q43, Q46, Q53, P44, Q58

Suggested Citation

Tuerk, Andreas and Resch, Gustav and Steiner, Daniel and Steininger, Karl W., Assessing the Role of Cooperation Mechanisms for Achieving the Austrian 2020 Renewable Energy Target (Project ReFlex) (October 15, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2185965 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2185965

Andreas Tuerk (Contact Author)

Joanneum Research ( email )

8010 Graz
Austria

Gustav Resch

Vienna University of Technology ( email )

Karlsplatz 13
Vienna
Austria

Daniel Steiner

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Karl W. Steininger

University of Graz ( email )

Universitaetsstrasse 15 / FE
A-8010 Graz, 8010
Austria

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