Volunteer & Intern papers
Analyzing grassroots innovations in community energy from a system thinking perspective, by Abhijeet Acharya, May 2022
Community energy cooperatives (CECs) have been recognized for setting up democratically governed and decentralized renewable energy systems through community engagements. CECs also take up a range of initiatives to support energy transition and climate actions.
However, in the last five years, due to the withdrawal of subsidies and Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) incentives in the UK, CECs have applied different grassroots innovations to remain economically viable and achieve their objectives.
This paper aims to study grassroots innovations in the UK’s community energy sectors through a system thinking perspective and analyze underlying issues and mental models that guide CEC’s action towards grassroots innovations. The paper also recommends creating a conducive environment for grassroots innovations within the UK’s community energy sector.