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The socio-technical transition of distributed electricity storage into future networks - System value and stakeholder views

Grünewald, Philipp H., Cockerill, Timothy T., Contestabile, Marcello and Pearson, Peter J. G. 2012. The socio-technical transition of distributed electricity storage into future networks - System value and stakeholder views. Energy Policy 50 , pp. 449-457. 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.07.041

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Abstract

Whole system models for the GB electricity system suggest that distributed electricity storage has the potential to significantly reduce the system integration cost for future system scenarios. From a policy perspective, this poses the question why this value should not be realised within existing market structures. Opinion among stakeholders is divided. Some believe that storage deployment constitutes a ‘special case’ in need of policy support. Others insist that markets can provide the necessary platform to negotiate contracts, which reward storage operators for the range of services they could provide. This paper seeks to inform this debate with a process of stakeholder engagement using a perspective informed by socio-technical transition literatures. This approach allows the identification of tensions among actors in the electricity system and of possibilities for co-evolution in the deployment of storage technologies during a transition towards a low carbon electricity system. It also draws attention to policy-related challenges of technology lock-in and path dependency resulting from poor alignment of incumbent regimes with the requirements for distributed electricity storage.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Uncontrolled Keywords: Distributed electricity storage; Technological transition; Stakeholder engagement
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0301-4215
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/40190

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