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Governance of interactions between infrastructure sectors: The making of smart grids in the UK

Watson, J; Hiteva, R; (2019) Governance of interactions between infrastructure sectors: The making of smart grids in the UK. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions , 32 pp. 140-152. 10.1016/j.eist.2019.02.006. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper uses historical analysis to explore the evolution of interdependencies between the electricity and information and communication technology (ICT) sectors in the UK. It explores the role of governance in shaping the interface between these two sectors, and subsequent implications for smart grid innovation. The analysis focuses on three periods between 1940 and 2016, with distinct institutional logics: state ownership, privatisation, and transitions to sustainability. The interactions between the electricity and ICT sectors are analysed through Raven and Verbong’ (2007) typology: competition, symbiosis, integration and spill-over, drawing on social-technical transitions theories and discussed in terms of rules and institutions; actors and networks; and technology, artefacts and infrastructures of socio-technical regimes. The paper finds that a way to encourage more spill-overs and integration between the electricity and the ICT sector is through a more symmetrical and integrated governance approach that takes into account the needs and characteristics of both sectors.

Type: Article
Title: Governance of interactions between infrastructure sectors: The making of smart grids in the UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.eist.2019.02.006
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2019.02.006
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Smart grids, ICT, Electricity, Infrastructure interdependencies, Governance
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071052
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