Governing effective and legitimate smart grid developments

Pers-Anders Langendahl, Matthew Cook, Stephen Potter, Helen Roby, Trevor Collins

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-109
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Energy
Issue number3
Early online date11 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes


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