Providing societies with reliable energy services, fighting energy poverty and mitigating climate change entail a crucial infrastructure component. Yet, physical energy infrastructure co-evolves with socio-economic institutions, actors and social norms. This may produce inertia against change. The energy challenge also requires solutions at multiple scales and may entail elements of common pool resource problems. Therefore, as I argue in my recent piece in Energy Research and Social Science, the governance of energy infrastructure needs to be polycentric. This allows for contextualization, experimentation and innovation. Read more.
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