Smart Grids as a Way to Democratize Energy

3 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2020

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Rafael Leal-Arcas

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law

Date Written: September 26, 2020

Abstract

We are witnessing a paradigm shift in energy access. Energy security governance is decentralizing. Electricity consumers are becoming prosumers, namely consumers who are also producers, of (renewable) energy and using that energy in a smarter and more efficient manner. In other words, citizens are starting to become less dependent on energy companies for energy security. This change will likely be the mega-trend of the twenty-first century, leading to a paradigm shift in global environmental governance.

Keywords: smart grids, energy decentralization, energy democratization

JEL Classification: K32, K33, Q01, Q2, Q4

Suggested Citation

Leal-Arcas, Rafael, Smart Grids as a Way to Democratize Energy (September 26, 2020). Yale Journal of International Affairs, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3699920 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3699920

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