Local conditions for the decentralization of energy systems

Theodoros Arvanitopoulos, Charlie Wilson, Silvia Ferrini

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Abstract

Local energy systems (LES) are designed to decarbonize, balance, and coordinate supply, storage and demand resources. Which local conditions enable LES to flourish? Using a unique dataset of 146 LES projects in the UK from 2010 to 2020, we apply econometric methods to identify energy, institutional and socio-economic conditions significantly associated with LES, but not other local energy forms. We show distributed power generation, low-carbon infrastructure firm activity, local government strategy and active energy efficiency markets are enablers of LES involving multiple actors, sectors and skill sets. These conditions describe a clear policy agenda for stimulating and supporting emerging local energy markets.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRegional Studies
Early online date14 Nov 2022
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Nov 2022

Keywords

  • decarbonization
  • decentralization
  • digital skills
  • landscape transition
  • local energy systems
  • spatial econometric modelling

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