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Exploring the spatial and temporal determinants of gas central heating adoption

McCoy, Daire ORCID: 0000-0001-6637-2227 and Curtice, John (2018) Exploring the spatial and temporal determinants of gas central heating adoption. Resources and Energy, 52. pp. 64-86. ISSN 0165-0572

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.reseneeco.2017.12.004


In order to better understand the potential for both policy and technological improvements to aid carbon abatement, long-term historical information on the time-path of transition from more traditional to cleaner fuels is useful. This is a relatively understudied element of the fuel switching literature in both developed and emerging economies. This research adds to this literature by examing the adoption time-path of network gas as a heating fuel. We merge a unique dataset on gas network roll-out over time, with other geo-coded data and employ an instrumental variables technique in order to simultaneously model supply and demand. Results indicate a non-linear relationship between the proportion of households using gas as their primary means of central heating and the length of time the network has been in place in each area. Proximity to the gas network, peat bogs, and areas which have banned the consumption of bituminous coal also affect gas connections. Variations in socioeconomic and dwelling characteristics at area level can also help explain connections to the gas network. A better understanding of this variation is crucial in designing targeted policies and can aid network expansion decisions

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Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors
Divisions: Grantham Research Institute
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
JEL classification: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C3 - Econometric Methods: Multiple; Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables; Endogenous Regressors > C31 - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q4 - Energy > Q40 - General
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2018 16:48
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2024 23:24
Projects: ES/K006576/1
Funders: Gas Networks Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, ESRI Energy Policy Research Centre, Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Economic and Social Research Centre

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