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The development of the experience curve concept and its application in energy policy assessment

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This paper presents some of the results of the project, EXTOOL, Experience Curves: A Tool for Energy Policy Programmes Assessment, funded by the European Commission. The objective of the project was to analyse the experience curve as a tool for the assessment of energy policy measures. This is of special interest, since the use of experience curves for the assessment of energy policy measures requires development of the established experience curve methodology, which in turn raises several questions that have been addressed and analysed in this project. The analysis is based on case studies of wind power, an area in which there is considerable experience in technology development, deployment and policy measures. The results show that experience curves can be used to assess energy policy programmes; however, several limitations have been identified. Due to this, the author recommends complementary methods for the assessment of energy programmes.

Keywords: experience curve, wind power, energy policy, assessment, evaluation

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