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Towards a sustainable grid development regime?: A comparison of British, Norwegian, and Swedish grid development
Stein Rokkan Centre for Social Studies, UNI Research, Bergen, Norway.
Stein Rokkan Centre for Social Studies, UNI Research, Bergen, Norway.
College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK.
School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Energy Research & Social Science, ISSN 2214-6296, E-ISSN 2214-6326, Vol. 9, 178-187 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Currently, huge investments are being made in the electricity infrastructure in Europe. However, one third of the European grid investments are delayed, even though the majority of the population in Europe is in favour of a greener energy mix. This paradoxical situation is connected to the fact that although interdependent, the production and transportation sides of renewable energy sources are treated as two distinct processes. The two types of infrastructure undergo separate processes for development consent and are the target of opposition from various citizen groups. In this article we compare the British, Norwegian, and Swedish grid development regimes in order to analyse their opportunities and challenges. The comparison demonstrates that the regimes differ on significant aspects, e.g. different historical trajectories, technological setups, arguments, and main drivers. The article highlights the importance of achieving sustainable energy systems by relying on a sensible strategy for grid development, and the importance of moving beyond the focus on a sustainable, "green-fuelled" grid.

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Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 9, 178-187 p.
Keyword [en]
Grids; Governance; Infrastructure-planning
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-52085DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2015.08.011ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84945470727OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-52085DiVA: diva2:967769
Available from: 2016-09-09 Created: 2016-09-09 Last updated: 2016-09-21Bibliographically approved

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