Energy Devices and Political Consumerism in Reconfigured Energy Systems

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Abstract

This chapter discusses political consumerism in the context of a transformation towards a low-carbon electricity system. Over the past decades, deregulation, liberalisation, and privatisation have opened up spaces for Western consumers to influence the greening of energy provision and consumption via the market. Electricity system reconfiguration means a growing diversity of home-based energy devices that engage consumers with energy in new and altered ways. With the use of smart meters, solar panels, and home batteries, passive energy users change into prosumers and comanagers of the grid. To understand the power of consumers in coshaping low-carbon electricity systems, the chapter shows the need to consider the politics of intermediation and technology. The chapter concludes that energy devices afford new individual and collective forms of engaging with energy, which opens up room for political consumerism not only in relation to energy production and consumption but also with regards to digital technologies and information flows.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism
EditorsMagnus Boström, Michele Behavior, Peter Oosterveer
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9780190629038
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2018

Fingerprint

Electricity
Smart meters
Privatization
Carbon
Deregulation

Keywords

  • prosumers
  • low-carbon electricity system
  • smart metering
  • solar panels
  • home batteries

Cite this

Kloppenburg, S., & van Vliet, B. J. M. (2018). Energy Devices and Political Consumerism in Reconfigured Energy Systems. In M. Boström, M. Behavior, & P. Oosterveer (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190629038.013.45
Kloppenburg, S. ; van Vliet, B.J.M. / Energy Devices and Political Consumerism in Reconfigured Energy Systems. The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism. editor / Magnus Boström ; Michele Behavior ; Peter Oosterveer. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018.
@inbook{67f698b4092249ec8cdc9061136437f1,
title = "Energy Devices and Political Consumerism in Reconfigured Energy Systems",
abstract = "This chapter discusses political consumerism in the context of a transformation towards a low-carbon electricity system. Over the past decades, deregulation, liberalisation, and privatisation have opened up spaces for Western consumers to influence the greening of energy provision and consumption via the market. Electricity system reconfiguration means a growing diversity of home-based energy devices that engage consumers with energy in new and altered ways. With the use of smart meters, solar panels, and home batteries, passive energy users change into prosumers and comanagers of the grid. To understand the power of consumers in coshaping low-carbon electricity systems, the chapter shows the need to consider the politics of intermediation and technology. The chapter concludes that energy devices afford new individual and collective forms of engaging with energy, which opens up room for political consumerism not only in relation to energy production and consumption but also with regards to digital technologies and information flows.",
keywords = "prosumers, low-carbon electricity system, smart metering, solar panels, home batteries",
author = "S. Kloppenburg and {van Vliet}, B.J.M.",
year = "2018",
month = "5",
doi = "10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190629038.013.45",
language = "English",
isbn = "9780190629038",
editor = "Magnus Bostr{\"o}m and Michele Behavior and Peter Oosterveer",
booktitle = "The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism",
publisher = "Oxford University Press",

}

Kloppenburg, S & van Vliet, BJM 2018, Energy Devices and Political Consumerism in Reconfigured Energy Systems. in M Boström, M Behavior & P Oosterveer (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism. Oxford University Press, Oxford. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190629038.013.45

Energy Devices and Political Consumerism in Reconfigured Energy Systems. / Kloppenburg, S.; van Vliet, B.J.M.

The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism. ed. / Magnus Boström; Michele Behavior; Peter Oosterveer. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

TY - CHAP

T1 - Energy Devices and Political Consumerism in Reconfigured Energy Systems

AU - Kloppenburg, S.

AU - van Vliet, B.J.M.

PY - 2018/5

Y1 - 2018/5

N2 - This chapter discusses political consumerism in the context of a transformation towards a low-carbon electricity system. Over the past decades, deregulation, liberalisation, and privatisation have opened up spaces for Western consumers to influence the greening of energy provision and consumption via the market. Electricity system reconfiguration means a growing diversity of home-based energy devices that engage consumers with energy in new and altered ways. With the use of smart meters, solar panels, and home batteries, passive energy users change into prosumers and comanagers of the grid. To understand the power of consumers in coshaping low-carbon electricity systems, the chapter shows the need to consider the politics of intermediation and technology. The chapter concludes that energy devices afford new individual and collective forms of engaging with energy, which opens up room for political consumerism not only in relation to energy production and consumption but also with regards to digital technologies and information flows.

AB - This chapter discusses political consumerism in the context of a transformation towards a low-carbon electricity system. Over the past decades, deregulation, liberalisation, and privatisation have opened up spaces for Western consumers to influence the greening of energy provision and consumption via the market. Electricity system reconfiguration means a growing diversity of home-based energy devices that engage consumers with energy in new and altered ways. With the use of smart meters, solar panels, and home batteries, passive energy users change into prosumers and comanagers of the grid. To understand the power of consumers in coshaping low-carbon electricity systems, the chapter shows the need to consider the politics of intermediation and technology. The chapter concludes that energy devices afford new individual and collective forms of engaging with energy, which opens up room for political consumerism not only in relation to energy production and consumption but also with regards to digital technologies and information flows.

KW - prosumers

KW - low-carbon electricity system

KW - smart metering

KW - solar panels

KW - home batteries

U2 - 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190629038.013.45

DO - 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190629038.013.45

M3 - Chapter

SN - 9780190629038

BT - The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism

A2 - Boström, Magnus

A2 - Behavior, Michele

A2 - Oosterveer, Peter

PB - Oxford University Press

CY - Oxford

ER -

Kloppenburg S, van Vliet BJM. Energy Devices and Political Consumerism in Reconfigured Energy Systems. In Boström M, Behavior M, Oosterveer P, editors, The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2018 https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190629038.013.45