Transforming Energy Systems: Why Governance Matters

Understand the importance of governance for rapid energy system decarbonisation.Energy governance includes the rules, regulations, institutions and politics that affect energy system change. Effective governance is key to the transformation of energy systems in order to tackle climate change with the urgency that’s needed.On this course, you will explore how and why energy systems need to change, and what this means for security, people and costs. You will also learn about the key elements of effective energy governance and explore real-life examples of energy governance from around the world.What topics will you cover?Energy System Transformation: changes, challenges and governanceWhat energy systems are for and how they workLinks between energy systems, climate change, air pollution and equityExploring energy system change through a 4D approach (decarbonisation, decentralisation, digitisation and democratisation)The role of energy governance in system transformationEmerging Energy SystemsHow are the characteristics and operation of energy systems changingWhat does a smart and flexible future look likeChanging value flows and new business models within energy systemsWhat does the energy transformation mean for current institutions?People, Scale and SocietyHow is the role of people within energy systems changing?What is meaningful consent and why is it so important?What is local energy, why is it growing in importance and what are the implications of this?How can we best coordinate change across multiple levels of the energy system?Energy governance change for rapid decarbonisationHow to co-ordinate the governance of electricity, heat and transportThe importance of a people-focused energy system, and how to get itExamples of good energy governance from other countriesA fit-for purpose energy governance framework for energy system transformationLink to the course:

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