Research Handbooks on Impact Assessment series
Edited by Claire A. Dunlop and Claudio M. Radaelli
Chapter 14: Energy
The impact of energy policy measures has been assessed with various appraisal and evaluation tools since the 1960s. Decision analysis, environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment are all notable examples of progenitors of impact assessment (IA) in the assessment of energy policies, programmes and projects. This chapter provides an overview of policy tools that have been historically applied to assess the impacts of energy policies, programmes and projects. It focuses on the types of data and models that typically inform IAs for energy policies, the organizations involved and issues of data exchange between energy companies and policy-makers. Examples are derived from the European Commission, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands and France. It is concluded that the technical and economic analysis underpinning IAs on energy policy and regulation varies significantly depending on the type of organization carrying them out.
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