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Title: Case study analysis of urban decentralised energy systems
Authors: Chmutina, Ksenia
Goodier, Chris I.
Keywords: Decentralization
Energy systems
Lock in
Renewable energy
Carbon reduction
Case study
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: DIREKT- Small Developing Island Renewable Energy Knowledge and Technology Transfer Network
Citation: CHMUTINA, K. and GOODIER, C.I., 2012. Case study analysis of urban decentralised energy systems. International Conference on Technology Transfer and Renewable Energy, 21st-22nd June 2012, Mauritius, pp. 501 - 516.
Abstract: The UK has set an ambitious plan to substantially cut its carbon emissions. In order to meet this 2050 target of 80% reduction, the UK is facing a significant challenge of restructuring its energy system, currently characterised by lock-in to centralisation. There is however potential to challenge this lock-in through the development of more decentralised energy systems - based not only on technological, but also on more innovative political, social and economic approaches. Examples of these unique approaches have already been successfully implemented in many cities worldwide, demonstrating that more decentralised energy systems can lead to enhanced carbon emissions reductions. Using a multi-disciplinary framework, this work critically assesses several urban decentralised energy systems around the world through the assessment of exemplar international case studies. Following semi-structured interviews, this work compares and critiques four diverse international case studies in order to demonstrate and contrast a variety of decentralised approaches. It emphasises the variety and inter-relationships of barriers and drivers involved in the implementation of such projects. Although it is believed that regulations heavily influence the implementation of decentralised energy projects, these projects are frequently driven and motivated by other factors such as reputation, profitability and the opportunity to show that “we can do it”. The main non-technical barriers are not necessarily financial, as is often believed. Governance barriers - such as out-of-date regulations or unreliable partners - also play an important role in the success or failure of a project. Social barriers in the form of public apathy and misinformation regarding energy consumption can also be significant, which often affects the operation on the project.
Description: This conference paper is closed access.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/10254
Publisher Link: http://www.direkt-project.eu/
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