A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

From private to public governance: The case for reconfiguring energy systems as a commons

Open Access publication

Publication Details
Authors: Giotitsas Chris, Nardelli Pedro H.J., Kostakis Vasilis, Narayanan Arun
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Energy Research and Social Science
Journal acronym: ERSS
Volume number: 70
ISSN: 2214-6296
JUFO-Level of this publication: 2
Open Access: Open Access publication
Location of the parallel saved publication: https://arxiv.org/abs/2008.04028


The discussions around the unsustainability of the dominant socio-economic structures have yet to produce solutions to address the escalating problems we face as a species. Such discussions, this paper argues, are hindered by the limited scope of the proposed solutions within a business-as-usual context as well as by the underlying technological rationale upon which these solutions are developed. In this paper, we conceptualize a radical sustainable alternative to the energy conundrum based on an emerging mode of production and a commons-based political economy. We propose a commons-oriented Energy Internet as a potential system for energy production and consumption, which may be better suited to tackle the current issues society faces. We conclude by referring to some of the challenges that the implementation of such a proposal would entail.

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