Decentralised Energy Futures. Emerging New Logics of Energy System Organisation

19 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2022

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Anna J. Wieczorek

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE)

Harald Rohracher

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Dierk Bauknecht

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Simon Bolwig

Roskilde University

Pieter Valkering

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Regine Belhomme

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Klaus Kubeczko

AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology

Simone Maggiore

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Current energy system undergoes fundamental changes driven by the climate crisis, unfolding digitalisation and growing demands for more active involvement of citizens. While there is an increasing shift towards a decentralisation, it is not clear how the new decentralised logic will unfold. In this article we discuss the rationales behind current trends towards a more decentralised energy system. We mobilise the notion of socio-technical system as constituted and reproduced by actors, institutions, and technology, operating in a certain shared logic to describe the past and current energy system organisation. Based on two dimension of value and service orientation we define four emerging ideal-types decentralisation configurations. We analyse possible pathways of change and the institutional, actor and technological preconditions they require to become dominant forms of decentralisation. We conclude that although all forms of decentralisation may contribute to low carbon objectives, not all are equally transformative in character.

Keywords: Decentralisation, energy, socio-technical system, logic, organising principles, pathways

Suggested Citation

Wieczorek, Anna J. and Rohracher, Harald and Bauknecht, Dierk and Bolwig, Simon and Valkering, Pieter and Belhomme, Regine and Kubeczko, Klaus and Maggiore, Simone, Decentralised Energy Futures. Emerging New Logics of Energy System Organisation. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4011139 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4011139

Anna J. Wieczorek (Contact Author)

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) ( email )

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Harald Rohracher

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Dierk Bauknecht

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Simon Bolwig

Roskilde University ( email )

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Pieter Valkering

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Regine Belhomme

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Klaus Kubeczko

AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology ( email )

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Simone Maggiore

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