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Smart grids and the governing of energy use : reconfiguring practices?

Bulkeley, H. and Powells, G. and Bell, S. (2014) 'Smart grids and the governing of energy use : reconfiguring practices?', in Social practices, interventions and sustainability : beyond behaviour change. London, New York: Routledge, pp. 112-126. Routledge studies in sustainability.


The emerging logics of smart grids rely on reconfiguring the ways in which energy is used in everyday life. In this chapter, we examine the ways in which the governing of energy use through the smart grid is creating new forms of ‘self-government’ tied to emerging alignments between the rationalities of decarbonisation and household economies, and how such interventions seek reconfigure practices in order to realise the intention of smart grid interventions.

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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Social Practices, Intervention and Sustainability: Beyond Behaviour Change on 07/11/2014, available online:
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Date deposited:10 June 2015
Date of first online publication:06 November 2014
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