Special Issue Call for Papers - Renewable Energy Cooperation

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Energy Sector Management

International Journal of Energy Sector Management is a peer-reviewed, inter-disciplinary international platform for disseminating results of research related to and/or relevant for the management of the energy sector.

RES Cooperation within the EU, as well as with EU neighboring countries is high on Europe’s political agenda. In January 2011, the European Commission (EC) called for more cooperation to meet the 2020 RES targets and the recently published EU 2050 roadmap opened up discussion on how to fully decarbonise Europe’s Energy system in the long term, keeping in mind that current capacity and infrastructure will be of critical importance for the long term pathways.

An important role for cost effectively meeting the RES 2020 target but also for the design of Europe’s Energy system beyond 2020 may involve cooperation within the EU and with the EU’s neighbor regions incentivized by RES cooperation mechanisms as provided in the new RES directive that entered into force in June 2009. Directive 2009/28/EC provides four cooperation mechanisms available to EU Member States to realize part of their national EU target abroad.

Thus, the core objective of this Special Issue is to collect high-quality papers that assess, through case studies and integrated analysis, to what extent RES cooperation (between Member States and between Member States and neighboring countries) can help Europe achieve its RES targets in 2020 and beyond, trigger the deployment of RES projects in these countries, and create synergies and win-win circumstances for all involved parties.

In the above framework, this Special Issue aligning latest practices, innovation and case studies with academic frameworks and theories, aims to provide case studies and investigate in detail the technical, socio-economic and environmental aspects of RES cooperation. We, therefore, seek high-quality papers that will contribute significantly on the analysis of RES cooperation. Examples of topics appropriate to the theme of this special issue, include, but are not limited to:

• Evaluation through case studies and integrated analysis of the impacts that the implementation of the cooperation mechanism can have in helping Europe achieve its RES targets as well as the associated co-effects (market opportunities, grid requirements, environmental and socio-economic impacts, etc.) for both Europe and neighboring countries.
• Action plans to foster renewable energy production, transfer and use in the EU member states, as well as neighboring countries through cooperation initiatives highlighting strengths, weaknesses opportunities and threats.
• Comparison of the cooperation mechanism with the other EU internal RES cooperation mechanisms.
• Integrated impact assessment of EU Directives towards Sustainable Development; bridges and barriers.
• A comprehensive assessment of costs and benefits of RES today and in the future (2020, 2030), including impacts from a system perspective (generation cost, externalities), distributional effects (policy costs including market values and merit order effects) and macro-economic impacts (employment induced, avoidance of imports).
• Assessment of the potential and real cost-effectiveness of implementation of Article 9 in comparison to only national efforts to reach the RES targets.
• Identification of the technical, financial, legal, environmental and socio-economic barriers and opportunities.
• Concrete measures to operate the mechanisms including financial and regulatory issues.

Information and Instructions for submissions
The initial submission deadline for prospective authors is 31st October 2014 (early submission recommended, referee process starts once the paper is received). The peer review process is expected to be completed by 1st February 2015. Draft manuscripts will be reviewed by the guest editors and at least two independent referees for double blind review, after which submissions may be recommended for revisions and further review, acceptance or rejection.

All submissions should be made via the journal’s ScholarOne Manuscripts site. Registration and access is available at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijesm . To ensure that the manuscript is correctly identified for inclusion in the special issue, when asked to select the type of issue, please select “RES Cooperation” from the dropdown list. 

Please refer to the Journal Information and Author Guidelines for additional information on manuscript preparation at:  http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=ijesm&PHPSESSID=gbnm6o8r4481irdp8u0jpvmh64

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

For further information please contact the Guest Editors:

Assistant Prof. Alexandros Flamos, University of Piraeus (UNIPI), Greece - aflamos@unipi.gr
Dr. Haris Doukas, Lecturer in the National Technical University of Athens , Greece - h_doukas@epu.ntua.gr
Dr. Charikleia Karakosta, National Technical University of Athens , Greece - 'Chara Karakosta' chkara@epu.ntua.gr