The social dynamics of smart grids: On households, information flows & sustainable energy transitions

Joeri Naus

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WUAcademic

Abstract

In international climate and energy policy the development of smart grids features as a critical new step in the transition towards a sustainable energy future. Smart grids enable two-way energy and information exchange between households and energy providers. Drawing on social practice theories, transition theories and informational governance, this thesis seeks to shed light on the changes that are taking place at the level of households: How do householders understand, handle and use new information flows? How can we conceptualise the interplay between households and smart energy systems? And what does this mean for householder participation in smart energy transitions? The thesis suggests that the key to understanding and governing the social dynamics of smart grids lies in the ‘Home Energy Management-practices’ (HEM-practices) that are emerging at the interface between households and wider energy systems.

Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Spaargaren, Gert, Promotor
  • van Vliet, Bas, Co-promotor
  • van der Horst, Hilje, Co-promotor
Award date1 Nov 2017
Place of PublicationWageningen
Publisher
Print ISBNs9789463436977
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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information flow
energy
climate policy
theory-practice
energy policy
information exchange
governance
participation
management

Keywords

  • households
  • sustainable energy
  • energy consumption
  • supply
  • energy policy
  • netherlands

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The social dynamics of smart grids : On households, information flows & sustainable energy transitions. / Naus, Joeri.

Wageningen : Wageningen University, 2017. 234 p.

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WUAcademic

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