Community Energy Companies in the UK: A Potential Model for Sustainable Development in “Local” Energy?
AbstractThe rise of renewable energy sources (RES) comes with a shift in attention from government and market energy governance to local community initiatives and self-regulation. Although this shift is generally welcome at domestic and EU level, the regulatory dimension, at both levels, is nevertheless not adapted to this multi-actor market since prosumers are not empowered and energy justice is far from achieved. The rise, in the UK, of Community Interest Companies (consumers and local actors’ collectives) in the energy sector provides an interesting perspective as it allows a whole system’s view. Research was conducted with six energy community organizations in the South West of England in order to evaluate their role and identity and assess whether this exemplar of “the rise of a social sphere in regulation” could be used as a model for a more sustainable social approach to the governance of economic relations. Findings illustrate that such organizations undoubtedly play an important role in the renewable energy sector and they also help to alleviate some aspects of “energy injustice”. Yet, the failure to recognize, in terms of energy policy, at domestic and EU level, the importance of such actors undermines their role. The need to embed and support such organizations in policy is necessary if one is to succeed to put justice at the core of the changing energy landscape. View Full-Text
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Saintier, S. Community Energy Companies in the UK: A Potential Model for Sustainable Development in “Local” Energy? Sustainability 2017, 9, 1325.
Saintier S. Community Energy Companies in the UK: A Potential Model for Sustainable Development in “Local” Energy? Sustainability. 2017; 9(8):1325.Chicago/Turabian Style
Saintier, Séverine. 2017. "Community Energy Companies in the UK: A Potential Model for Sustainable Development in “Local” Energy?" Sustainability 9, no. 8: 1325.
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