Advanced

Local energy advising in Sweden : Historical development and lessons for future policy-making

Kjeang, Are E.; Palm, Jenny LU and Venkatesh, G. (2017) In Sustainability (Switzerland) 9(12).
Abstract

In Sweden, energy-consulting services, here referred to as local energy advising (LEA), have traditionally contributed to improving household energy efficiency. The aim of this article is to analyze the development of this service from the 1970s, when the consultancy came into being, to the present day, through a review of documents and published literature. The analysis enables the understanding of the evolution of local energy advising as a policy instrument, and provides valuable insights for the future. Local energy advising has often been subsidized by the Swedish government and used as a state policy measure rather than a municipal one. As a policy measure, the function of the service has changed over time. In the early period,... (More)

In Sweden, energy-consulting services, here referred to as local energy advising (LEA), have traditionally contributed to improving household energy efficiency. The aim of this article is to analyze the development of this service from the 1970s, when the consultancy came into being, to the present day, through a review of documents and published literature. The analysis enables the understanding of the evolution of local energy advising as a policy instrument, and provides valuable insights for the future. Local energy advising has often been subsidized by the Swedish government and used as a state policy measure rather than a municipal one. As a policy measure, the function of the service has changed over time. In the early period, the oil crisis was a fact and the local advisers were used to inform households. In the 1980s, however, the task of energy-advising was taken over by the energy companies in the spirit of market liberalization. In the 1990s, Sweden became a member of the European Union, and the emphasis was put on general information campaigns. Recently, the development of decentralized energy systems (including micro-energy systems) has necessitated targeting individuals with information. One important lesson to learn from the historical development of LEA is the imperativeness of providing energy advising at the local rather than the state level for better efficiency.

(Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
organization
publishing date
type
Contribution to journal
publication status
published
subject
keywords
Energy efficiency, Households, Information, Policy measures, Public energy advising
in
Sustainability (Switzerland)
volume
9
issue
12
publisher
Formas
external identifiers
  • scopus:85037078060
ISSN
2071-1050
DOI
10.3390/su9122275
language
English
LU publication?
yes
id
7fda0daa-7f93-4ed2-befc-d6533827ec85
date added to LUP
2017-12-21 10:13:57
date last changed
2018-01-07 12:29:35
@article{7fda0daa-7f93-4ed2-befc-d6533827ec85,
  abstract     = {<p>In Sweden, energy-consulting services, here referred to as local energy advising (LEA), have traditionally contributed to improving household energy efficiency. The aim of this article is to analyze the development of this service from the 1970s, when the consultancy came into being, to the present day, through a review of documents and published literature. The analysis enables the understanding of the evolution of local energy advising as a policy instrument, and provides valuable insights for the future. Local energy advising has often been subsidized by the Swedish government and used as a state policy measure rather than a municipal one. As a policy measure, the function of the service has changed over time. In the early period, the oil crisis was a fact and the local advisers were used to inform households. In the 1980s, however, the task of energy-advising was taken over by the energy companies in the spirit of market liberalization. In the 1990s, Sweden became a member of the European Union, and the emphasis was put on general information campaigns. Recently, the development of decentralized energy systems (including micro-energy systems) has necessitated targeting individuals with information. One important lesson to learn from the historical development of LEA is the imperativeness of providing energy advising at the local rather than the state level for better efficiency. </p>},
  articleno    = {2275},
  author       = {Kjeang, Are E. and Palm, Jenny and Venkatesh, G.},
  issn         = {2071-1050},
  keyword      = {Energy efficiency,Households,Information,Policy measures,Public energy advising},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {12},
  number       = {12},
  publisher    = {Formas},
  series       = {Sustainability (Switzerland)},
  title        = {Local energy advising in Sweden : Historical development and lessons for future policy-making},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su9122275},
  volume       = {9},
  year         = {2017},
}