Local energy economies; where infrastructure fails, innovation succeeds | Nesta

This article from NESTA, continuing the theme on energy policy, highlights some interesting examples of innovation occurring on the edge, in this case the Scottish Islands. Grid limitations or total lack of grid connectivity have prompted new approaches to better use of energy and better approaches to equality. Very glad to see the social and environmental justice approach taken on Eigg highlighted – community agreed limits lead to better self-management. How can larger communities engage in this sort of participatory energy policy? How can we imagine new ways to make better use of peak energy production from renewables as well as address base-load?


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