New Tools in Local Energy Planning: Experimenting with Scenarios, Public Participation and Environmental Assessment
2010 (English)In: Local Environment: the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, ISSN 1354-9839, E-ISSN 1469-6711, Vol. 15, no 2, 105-120 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article presents a model for local energy planning and its application in a full-scale experiment in a Swedish municipality. The model is based on legal requirement,research findings and standards of good practice and includes a combination ofanalytical and procedural tools intended to support rational decision-making: external scenarios, a citizens’ panel, life cycle analysis and qualitative environmental assessment (EA). The application of the model indicates that the decision-support tools selected can give several new and valuable inputs to local energy planning, suchas local knowledge and values through citizen dialogue and comprehensive EAs.However, the experiment also shows that there are several challenges involved in applying the tools, for example, it is difficult to get citizens and the industry to participate and that it is complicated to combine several different tools for decision making into a single planning process. Moreover, the experiences from the application suggest that the model for local energy planning show great potential but needs to be improved before it can be used as a standard of good practice.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 15, no 2, 105-120 p.
energy planning, decision-making tools, local authority, life cycle assessment, scenarios, public participation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-24982DOI: 10.1080/13549830903527639ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77949348016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-24982DiVA: diva2:354821
QC 201102012010-10-042010-10-042011-02-01Bibliographically approved