Public participation in a West of England energy transition: Key patterns and trends

Transforming energy systems will require the increased engagement and involvement of ‘the public’. But, quite how ‘publics’ participate in energy system change has over the last few decades become increasingly diverse. Participation through protests, consolations, opinion polls, maker spaces, living labs, community projects, smart technology trials and so on all contribute to making contemporary energy … Continued

“The local embedding of low carbon technologies and the agency of user-side intermediaries”

Community energy groups work incredibly hard to design and deliver projects for their communities. They often have to work in ‘unfavourable’ policy conditions and market contexts. Their role is often sidelined and, at times, ignored. Yet they often perform hugely important work as ‘intermediary organisations’, working between novel technologies, governments, regulations, industry and householders. In … Continued

Enhancing the communication potential of smart metering for energy and water

This article written by 4 authors including Aleksandra Michalec (who gave a presentation at our July BEN Open meeting) and David Tudgey takes the findings of a number of focus groups to conclude that the communication strategy for the installation of water and Smart meters needs to change to meet the needs of customers to … Continued

“The electric commons: A qualitative study of community accountability”

This 2017 paper by Emilia Melville explores  how energy might be conceptualised as a “commons” – a resource owned and managed by a community with a system of rules for production and consumption, testing one of the design principles for successful management of common pool resources: that there should be community accountability for individual consumption behaviour. … Continued

“The roles of communities and local authorities in the GB sustainable energy transition: a commons and multi-stakeholder governance perspective.”

Emilia Melville’s PhD thesis (2107) uses case studies from the South West of England, including Bristol, to look at how local and community organisations can support a sustainable energy transition in Great Britain. It also looks at how theoretical frameworks of commons (commonly owned) and polycentric (multi-stakeholder) governance contribute to understanding these roles. The roles of … Continued


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