An experiment for urban energy autonomy in Seoul: The One 'Less' Nuclear Power Plant policy

Taehwa Lee, Taedong Lee, Yujin Lee

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This study examines an experiment in energy self-sufficiency in Seoul, Republic of Korea, through a particular energy policy called the One Less Nuclear Power Plant (OLNPP) policy. We define an urban energy experiment as a purposive intervention for energy transition from an energy system based on nuclear and fossil fuels to one based on renewable energy and energy demand management. We suggest three findings. First, wefind that the themes of our theoretical framework policy backgrounds, governance and policy contents have played important roles for Seoul's energy experiments aimed at urban energy autonomy. In particular, political leadership based on the mayor's previous experiences contributed significantly to the formation and implementation of this policy. Second, the OLNPP policy adds a social or moral dimension to urban energy policies. The norm change from an environmental and economic focus to a focus on the combination of social, environmental, and economic considerations is a unique contribution of the OLNPP policy to urban experiments in energy transition. Third, wefind that experiments through purposive interventions serve as a means for facilitating urban energy governance where the actors involved can communicate and enhance their new ideas and practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-318
Number of pages8
JournalEnergy Policy
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank the three anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments and critique in refining our analysis. This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology ( NRF-2013S1A3A2054969 ) and Yonsei-SNU Research Cooperation Program Fund .

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy(all)
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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