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Distributed energy production in a polycentric scenario: policy reforms and community management

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Any discussion of distributed energy systems inevitably centres on how they compare with the large energy systems, i.e. the traditional centralised model of energy production, and on the viability of local energy systems as alternatives in terms of efficiency and sustainability. At present, the debate on local energy systems and distributed energy production hinges mainly on questions of technology and engineering; at most, some reflections on economy are thrown in. What we believe is essential is to cast the net wider and include other dimensions. In particular, we also need to consider in greater depth the organisational and institutional issues involved¬†–¬†until now, less considered and discussed. In this perspective, the main question addressed by the present article is if and how new forms of local organisations can provide the crucial catalyst for a new polycentric distributed energy scenario.
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Keywords: community energy; distributed energy; energy policy; local planning; polycentrism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Dipartimento Di Architettura e Studi Urbani, Polytechnic University of Milan, Milan, Italy

Publication date: September 19, 2018

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