This research considers the ‘smart energy’ in relation to national planning policy and guidance and the gap between what happens on the ground and the opportunities offered by smart energy.
'Smart' energy grids have the potential to decentralise power - in terms of both energy and socially - by supporting a more sustainable energy mix, electric and driverless vehicle networks, new communications technologies, and more equitable forms of energy production and distribution, amongst other things.
However, if planning policy and practice fail to keep up with change they can be seen as a barrier to, rather than an enabler of, innovation in this area. Funded by RTPI South West and being delivered by the specialist not-for-profit Regen, this research explores how the planning system can take a proactive, foward-looking and positive approach to supporting the UK's transition to a smart energy future.
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