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After lying dormant for several years, combined heat and power, cogeneration (CHP) has seen a revival in a number of European countries in the last few years. This has been paralleled by an increasing interest of national governments in adapting their energy policies to new environmental and economic needs. In order to study CHP in the United Kingdom (UK) and Germany, a pattern of analysis has been based on existing theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of technological change, integrated and adapted to the specific conditions of energy supply. This was used to structure and compare the empirical material collected on the two cases.
The paper is structured as follows:
After a brief introduction to the problems and research interests intersecting in the case of cogeneration diffusion in the UK and Germany, the comparative pattern developed for the analysis is outlined. In the following part, the data on the changing patterns and mechanisms for the two cases of the UK and Germany are presented, before proposing an evolutionary interpretation of the determination of technological change in the field of energy technologies. Finally, some conclusions are drawn with regard to present initiatives in energy policy, both at national and European level.

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Authors: WEBER K M, JRC Sevilla (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17280 EN (1996) 29pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
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