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Title: Local Energy Projects on Islands: Assessing the Creation and Upscaling of Social Niches
Author: Tsagkari, Marula
Keywords: Illes
Energies renovables
Renewable energy sources
Issue Date: 14-Dec-2020
Publisher: MDPI
Abstract: Islands have great potential for renewable energy, and several pilot and experimental projects have been set up on islands globally, aiming to promote clean energy and self-sufficiency. Many of these decentralized energy initiatives oppose the established regimes of centralized electricity generation and introduce new forms of organization and management. Thus, they can be considered social niches. The aim of the present study is to explore the transition potential of renewable energy projects on three islands located in southern Europe. The analysis mobilizes literature on the strategic niche management theory (SNM) with a focus on the role of the various actors and the different management models. Through a systematic analysis of policy documents and the literature, enriched by interviews, the paper identifies different types of renewable energy projects and discusses the potential for scale up. The paper concludes that these projects are currently in the inter-local phase, and decentralization is not only an important innovation for energy production, but also a new form of energy management often dominated by different actors than the established electricity system.
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It is part of: Sustainability, 2020, vol. 12, num. 24, p. 10431
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ISSN: 2071-1050
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