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Assessing the potential and costs of reducing energy demand

P. Linares, P. Pintos, K. Würzburg

Determining the cost of energy saving measures and the magnitude of their potential application is the first and essential step to correctly design energy efficiency policies, which are in turn a keystone for energy transitions. This is particularly relevant for MENA countries, which feature energy intensities among the highest in the world. This paper presents a methodology for assessing reductions in energy demand based on expert evaluations; the methodology incorporates several improvements over previous similar studies. Our results suggest a significant potential for energy savings, and recommend different policy designs based on the different costs and potentials of different energy saving measures.

Keywords: Energy demand; Energy efficiency; Marginal abatement curves

Energy Transitions. Volume: 1 Issue: 1 Pages: 4-1-4-15

DOI reference: DOI icon 10.1007/s41825-017-0004-5    

Published on paper: June 2017. Published on-line: July 2017.

P. Linares, P. Pintos, K. Würzburg. Assessing the potential and costs of reducing energy demand. Energy Transitions. vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 4-1-4-15, June 2017. [Online: July 2017]

    Topics research:
  • *Analysis of sustainable energy policies