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Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 366; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10020366

Facilitating Energy Transition through Energy Commons: An Application of Socio-Ecological Systems Framework for Integrated Community Energy Systems

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Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, Jaffalaan 5, 2628 BX Delft, The Netherlands
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Department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies, University of Twente, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB Enschede, The Netherlands
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Received: 9 November 2017 / Revised: 15 December 2017 / Accepted: 30 January 2018 / Published: 31 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Innovations in the Energy Transition)
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Integrated Community Energy Systems (ICES) are an emerging local energy system focusing on the collective use of distributed energy resources (DER). These socio-technical systems (STSs) have a high potential to advance the transition towards socially inclusive, environmentally-friendly energy systems and to stimulate the local economy. While there is an analogy between energy in ICES and other common goods such as natural resources, it is not clear to what extent the existing theoretical framework for Socio-ecological Systems (SES) on the commons accounts for the specificities of common resources in ICESs and other STSs. This research explores the applicability of the SES framework to energy commons that are firmly embedded in STS with reference to the DE Ramplaan ICES in the Netherlands. The formation process and governance characteristics of this ICES are revised, further aided by stakeholder interviews. A framework and a strategic plan that can be used to design and implement an ICES are proposed. View Full-Text
Keywords: common pool resources; socio-technical systems; energy transition; distributed energy resources; renewable energy; self-governance; community energy common pool resources; socio-technical systems; energy transition; distributed energy resources; renewable energy; self-governance; community energy
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Acosta, C.; Ortega, M.; Bunsen, T.; Koirala, B.P.; Ghorbani, A. Facilitating Energy Transition through Energy Commons: An Application of Socio-Ecological Systems Framework for Integrated Community Energy Systems. Sustainability 2018, 10, 366.

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