New clean energy communities in polycentric settings: Four avenues for future research

Julia Blasch*, Nicole M. van der Grijp, Daniel Petrovics, Jenny Palm, Nancy Bocken, Sarah J. Darby, Jake Barnes, Paula Hansen, Tanja Kamin, Urša Golob, Mark Andor, Stephan Sommer, Agatino Nicita, Monica Musolino, Maša Mlinarič

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Abstract

Given the gaps between EU ambitions regarding energy community development and the current reality of clean energy communities in Europe, we explore a research framework enabling viable multi- and interdisciplinary research into new clean energy communities. We offer a definition of new clean energy communities, discuss their potential for wider dissemination and identify four factors that contribute to the current mismatch between ambitions and reality in energy community development. As a broader framework for interdisciplinary research into the field of new clean energy communities, we propose polycentric governance theory, considering the fact that the area of community energy systems is essentially multi-scalar, and that the rules of engagement in such systems are of great significance. This opens up four avenues for research on energy communities, which we outline in terms of enabling institutional contexts, potential for learning and transferability, business models and value propositions, and evaluation of outcomes and processes.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102276
Pages (from-to)102276
Number of pages7
JournalEnergy Research & Social Science
Volume82
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • business model innovation
  • energy communities
  • energy transitions
  • polycentric governance
  • social value creation
  • socio-technical innovation
  • Energy transitions
  • Energy communities
  • POWER
  • NETWORKS
  • SOCIETY
  • Business model innovation
  • Social value creation
  • TRANSITION
  • Polycentric governance
  • CONSERVATION
  • RENEWABLE ENERGY
  • INITIATIVES
  • GRASS-ROOTS
  • BUSINESS MODEL
  • Socio-technical innovation
  • CLIMATE

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