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New clean energy communities in polycentric settings: Four avenues for future research

Wind mills on a hilly meadow in the sunset. Photo.

In this new article published in Energy Research & Social Science, the authors offer a definition of the concept of new clean energy communities, discuss their potential for wider dissemination and identify four factors that contribute to the current mismatch between ambitions and reality in energy community development.

Building on these factors, the authors present a broader framework inspired by polycentric governance theory, that will hopefully support and aid further research of energy communities from a multi- and interdisciplinary point of view. With this, they aim to open up four avenues for research on energy communities, which are outlined in terms of enabling institutional contexts, the potential for learning and transferability, business models and value propositions, and evaluation of outcomes and processes.

The article is freely available here.

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