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Appropriate Government Policy Toward Commercialization of New Energy Supply Technologies

This article considers the merits of government support for the commercialization of particular energy supply technologies, and sketches a framework for the economic evaluation of different schemes for such support.' Specific current proposals are not analyzed in detail, as the emphasis is on identifying conditions under*Professor of Applied Economics, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Energy Specializations: Energy Investment and Finance – Public and Private Risks, Risk Management; Unconventional Fossil Resources – Policy and Regulation; Renewables – Policy and Regulation

JEL Codes:
D81 - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
E60 - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook: General
Q52 - Pollution Control Adoption and Costs; Distributional Effects; Employment Effects

Keywords: energy policy, new energy technology, government policy

DOI: 10.5547/ISSN0195-6574-EJ-Vol1-No2-1

Published in Volume 1, Number 2 of The Quarterly Journal of the IAEE's Energy Economics Education Foundation.