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Alfred University professor Wang publishes article in Energy Policy

Xingwu Wang
Xingwu Wang

Xingwu Wang, professor of electrical engineering and renewable energy engineering at Alfred University, has published an article in the latest issue of Energy Policy, an international peer-reviewed journal addressing the policy implications of energy supply and use from their economic, social, planning and environmental aspects.


ALFRED, NY—Xingwu Wang, professor of electrical engineering and renewable energy engineering at Alfred University, has published an article in the latest issue of Energy Policy, an international peer-reviewed journal addressing the policy implications of energy supply and use from their economic, social, planning and environmental aspects.


Wang and Jiajia Zheng co-authored the paper —“Can Mobile Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) Promote the Development of Renewables?-Evidence from Seven Countries”—which appears in the Nov. 26 issue of Energy Policy. Zheng, an associate professor in the Business School at Henan University in China, is a visiting professor at Alfred University. She is a member of Wang’s research team, with a focus on renewable energy development.


The article outlines the study of the impact of mobile Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on renewable energy generations in seven countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Poland. ICT refers to technologies that provide access to information through telecommunications. It is similar to Information Technology (IT), but focuses primarily on communication technologies, which include the Internet, wireless networks, cell phones, and other communication mediums.


Following is the abstract from Wang’s and Zheng’s paper:

The development of renewables has attracted abundant attentions. However, existing studies have not recognized the potential impetus of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on renewables. In this study, we explore the impact of mobile ICTs on renewable energy generations in seven countries including USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Poland. As revealed by static and dynamic empirical analyses of 19-year data, there exists significantly positive relationship between the renewables and ICTs at the macro-level. One percent increase of ICTs would lead to 0.2/1.1% increase for renewables in the long/short terms. Thus, ICTs can promote the development of renewables, and policy makers should consider full integration strategies between renewables and ICTs. Besides ICTs, factors positively affecting renewables include economic developments (long/short term), primary energy consumptions and carbon reductions (short term), and population growth (long term). Interestingly, natural gas competes with renewables in the short term, while it compliments renewables in the long term.