Decentralised energy, decentralised accountability? Lessons on how to govern decentralised electricity transitions from multi-level natural resource governance

Brisbois, Marie Claire (2020) Decentralised energy, decentralised accountability? Lessons on how to govern decentralised electricity transitions from multi-level natural resource governance. Global Transitions, 2. pp. 16-25. ISSN 2589-7918

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Abstract

Emerging decentralised electricity systems require new approaches to energy governance. As energy sources shift and technology evolves, electricity governance is shifting from largely centralized models to include multiple decentralised and multi-level sites not bounded in their operations by established democratic processes. New forms of accountability are required to ensure that multi-level electricity systems meet societal needs and expectations. While multi-level governance dynamics are new for many electricity systems, they are common across other resources (e.g. water). This article uses an OECD framework that synthesizes decades of research on multi-level natural resource governance to describe 12 principles for “good” resource governance. These principles are developed and applied to decentralising electricity governance contexts in order to develop mechanisms, and identify potential governance gaps, that are relevant for ensuring accountability in decentralised electricity governance systems. The nature of decentralised electricity systems particularly highlights the need to rescale many governance functions, while paying attention to issues of inclusion, capacity building, coherence, adaptiveness, and transparency.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: decentralised energy resources;energy governance;accountability;electricity;community energy;multi-level governance
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2020 08:56
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 08:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/89775

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