“Getting Smart? Climate Change and the Electric Grid” available open access Full Text can be downloaded here.
This paper explores the complexities of electricity system change, identifying tensions among key societal actors and illustrates how divergent societal priorities are influencing electricity system innovation. The piece characterizes differences among actors’ perceptions of change across two critical dimensions: (1) moving toward more centralized versus more decentralized energy systems, and (2) radical versus incremental change. This article also makes the key point that climate change/sustainability goals are only one set of many considerations motivating innovation in electricity systems, and depending on the path taken, a future “smart grid” could do little to reduce, or could even exacerbate, risks associated with climate change.
Stephens, J. C., E.J. Wilson, T.R. Peterson, J. Meadowcroft. 2013. Getting Smart? Getting Smart? Climate Change and the Electric Grid. Challenges 4(2): 201-216.