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Making the most out of renewable energy opportunities: Lessons learned from a regional strategic mapping approach

Michel Leseure (School of Business, University of Chichester, Chichester, UK)
Dawn Robins (School of Business, University of Chichester, Chichester, UK)
Graham Wall (Department of Mathematics, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK)
Dylan Jones (Department of Mathematics, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK)

International Journal of Energy Sector Management

ISSN: 1750-6220

Article publication date: 1 April 2019

Issue publication date: 1 April 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

Offshore renewable energy technologies provide many new opportunities for coastal regions around the world, and although the energy policy literature has documented the success stories of many “first mover” regions, there is little guidance for “second mover” or “follower” regions. This paper aims to investigate the strategic challenges faced by coastal regions in the Channel area that are not first movers.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors use a multiple case study approach to analyse the behaviour of regional stakeholders when planning and assessing their participation in the renewable energy sector.

Findings

The paper reveals the tendency of regional planners to idealise investments in renewable energy. The negative consequences of idealisation are inadequate strategic visions.

Research limitations/implications

The findings are only relevant in the context of the regions that are part of the case study.

Practical implications

The paper illustrates how idealisation of technology or strategy is created and how it impacts strategic decision-making. It also discusses how to address idealisation.

Social implications

Although much of the energy policy literature discusses the challenge of social acceptance, this paper documents an opposite phenomenon, idealisation. There is a need in the energy sector to find a middle ground between these two extremes.

Originality/value

The paper provides evidence and a theoretical analysis of a decision-making bias, idealisation, which is not discussed in the literature.

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Acknowledgements

The research presented in this paper was made possible through the financial support provided by INTERREG IVa for the Channel-MOR project. The authors would also like to gratefully acknowledge the role played and support provided by all partners of the Channel-MOR team and the regional representatives that took part in the data collection exercise.

Citation

Leseure, M., Robins, D., Wall, G. and Jones, D. (2019), "Making the most out of renewable energy opportunities: Lessons learned from a regional strategic mapping approach", International Journal of Energy Sector Management, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 212-228. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJESM-02-2017-0011

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