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Reference Number RES-338-25-0010
Title Community energy initiatives: embedding sustainable technology at a local level
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy) 10%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 30%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy) 10%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Geography and Environmental Studies) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 15%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Politics and International Studies) 50%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 15%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Education) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 35%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 15%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 25%;
Principal Investigator Professor GP (Gordon ) Walker
No email address given
Lancaster University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 29 March 2004
End Date 31 March 2005
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £72,303
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region North West
Programme ESRC Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor GP (Gordon ) Walker , Geography, Lancaster University (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Prof P (Patrick ) Devine-Wright , Geography, University of Exeter (0.001%)
Professor (Bob ) Evans , School of the Built & Natural Environment, Northumbria University (0.001%)
Web Site https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=RES-338-25-0010
Objectives Objectives not supplied
Abstract Recent policy statements have placed growing importance on sustainable energy generation. This multidisciplinary project evaluated the role of community initiatives in the implementation and embedding of renewable energy technologies in the United Kingdom. The project sought to explain this new theme of policy, evaluate project development on the ground and reflect critically on the distinctivequalities of a community approach to diffusing sustainable energy technologies. The research involved the construction of a database of community projects, programme level interviews and six project case studies. The research found that there has been a multiplicity of drivers for supporting community renewables and that projects take many different forms, both in terms of technology ‘hardwareand the ‘software’ of social arrangements through which the technology is utilised. Who the community is and exactly how ‘it’ should beinvolved and should benefitfrom a community energy project is open to interpretation and challenge. Case study evidence suggests that many of the claims made for community renewables can be observed in practice but that none are guaranteed. Policy interventions need to be more coordinated and inclusive and provide a more concerted commitment to the benefits of community-based processes.
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