Smart grids that use information and communication technologies to augment energy network management have been developed in several locations including London and Stockholm. Common rationales for smart grids include: reducing the carbon dioxide emissions of energy supply, maintaining security of supply and promoting affordability. However, beyond these general abstractions, smart grids seem to exhibit considerable diversity in terms of their characteristics and rationales for development. Thus, while the term smart grid may imply abstract notions of what smart grids are and might do, they are developed in response to local contingencies and are diverse. In this paper, the authors therefore explore the governance processes through which smart grids are constructed. The paper suggests that standardising smart grids through definitions and best practices that fix both problems and solutions should be avoided. Rather governance processes should be promoted in which local contingencies can be articulated and more legitimate smart grids developed in response to these.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Energy|
|Early online date||11 Jul 2016|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2016|