Electricity intensity convergence in IEA/OECD countries: Aggregate and sectoral analysis

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Liddle, Brantley (2009) Electricity intensity convergence in IEA/OECD countries: Aggregate and sectoral analysis. Energy Policy, 37 (4). pp. 1470-1478. ISSN 0301-4215


Convergence in electricity intensity is analyzed among a sample of IEA countries. Sigma-convergence (the narrowing of the distribution) and to a lesser degree gamma-convergence (movement within the distribution) are detected. However, electricity intensity convergence is less dramatic than energy intensity convergence. Convergence within the end-use sectors is more diverse: in terms of the rates, timing, extent, and ultimate modal structure of the distributions. Commercial electricity intensity has more recently converged toward a bell-shape distribution. By contrast, industry electricity intensity is largely converging toward two distinct groups of countries: one with relatively high electricity intensity and another one with relatively low electricity intensity. Different still is related residential electricity consumption per capita where a small group of countries has stopped growing; another group has slowed considerably, while a third group experienced rapid growth.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/4424
DOI 10.1016/j.enpol.2008.12.006
Official URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=MImg&_ima...
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Historical > SEO Classification > 9199 Other Economic Framework
Keywords ResPubID17930, electricity intensity, sigma- and gamma-convergence, IEA/OECD countries
Citations in Scopus 102 - View on Scopus
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