Modular components of integrated local energy systems: A socio-technical compendium of fact sheets on how to ‘do’ the local energy transition

Birgitte Bak-Jensen (Editor), Ewert Aukes (Editor), Katherine Brooke Quinteros (Editor), Katarzyna Bogucka-Bykuć (Editor)

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To achieve a more sustainable energy system as soon as possible, citizens need to know how they can contribute. The energy sector has the largest contribution to greenhouse gas emissions of all sectors. As we need energy for many things we do in life, we must reduce the emissions from that sector drastically, if not to zero. This requires action on all levels and in all sectors of society. Governments, companies, and citizens need to contribute. One way for citizens to contribute to this cause, is by organising themselves with others to scrutinise their local energy system and effect changes within their sphere of influence. More and more digital technologies are available to support citizens in making these changes in their local energy system. With digital technologies added this is also called an ‘integrated local energy system’. In other words, such digital technologies make the energy system ‘smart’. Among others, the European Union (EU) is stimulating research into these possibilities. As the EU-funded SERENE project, we want to share our knowledge and findings about possibilities for citizens to use smart technologies to gain more insight in their local energy systems. [...] As a result of the experiences gained at the demonstration sites, before you lies a compendium of technical, social and organizational components for local energy systems as we researched and applied them in our project. The purpose of this compendium is for you, interested and engaged citizens, to see possibilities and discuss among each other how a sustainable local energy system could look in your place. The compendium is not meant as a one-size-fits-all solution to make local energy systems sustainable. You are always tied to the current legal, political, social, and economic situation. So, not all components might make sense in your case. Furthermore, the components should be seen as exemplary. Some of them are already operable, others are still under development. They are supposed to trigger your imagination about what the starting points are in your concrete situation. The authors are always happy to interact and discuss.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAalborg
PublisherUniversity of Aalborg
Number of pages42
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024


  • practitioner
  • fact sheets
  • local energy transition


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