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Come together-the development of Swedish energy communities

Magnusson, Dick and Palm, Jenny LU (2019) In Sustainability (Switzerland) 11(4).
Abstract

Community energy (CE) and grassroots innovations have been widely studied in recent years, especially in the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands, but very little focus has been placed on Sweden. This paper describes and analyses the development and present state of several types of community energy initiatives in Sweden. The methodology uses interviews, document studies, analysis of previous studies, and website analysis. The results show that fewer initiatives have been taken in Sweden than in other countries, but that even with a rather 'hostile' institutional setting CE has emerged as a phenomenon. Wind cooperatives are the most common form of initiative, with solar photovoltaics cooperatives and eco-villages also prominent. The various... (More)

Community energy (CE) and grassroots innovations have been widely studied in recent years, especially in the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands, but very little focus has been placed on Sweden. This paper describes and analyses the development and present state of several types of community energy initiatives in Sweden. The methodology uses interviews, document studies, analysis of previous studies, and website analysis. The results show that fewer initiatives have been taken in Sweden than in other countries, but that even with a rather 'hostile' institutional setting CE has emerged as a phenomenon. Wind cooperatives are the most common form of initiative, with solar photovoltaics cooperatives and eco-villages also prominent. The various types of initiatives differ considerably, from well-organized wind cooperatives that have grown into professional organizations to small-scale hydroelectric power plants owned by a rural community. The initiatives may have modest impact on the energy transition in quantitative terms, but they are crucial in knowledge sharing and as inspirations for future initiatives.

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Community energy, Energy cooperatives, Grassroots innovations, Sweden
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Sustainability (Switzerland)
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11
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4
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1056
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MDPI AG
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2071-1050
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10.3390/su11041056
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  author       = {Magnusson, Dick and Palm, Jenny},
  issn         = {2071-1050},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {02},
  number       = {4},
  publisher    = {MDPI AG},
  series       = {Sustainability (Switzerland)},
  title        = {Come together-the development of Swedish energy communities},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su11041056},
  doi          = {10.3390/su11041056},
  volume       = {11},
  year         = {2019},
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