Local government innovation in the energy sector. To progress in understanding why some municipalities thrive on innovation and others do not, we must look at the good practices available through a globally agreed reporting and monitoring framework. In this article by Urszula Papajak, Programme Director Energy, Neuland21, and Dr Jessica Britton, Research Fellow, the University of Exeter, we discuss good practices for local government to step into new roles in climate and energy planning as well as their role in shaping energy innovation. Local governments are likely to play an increasingly important role in the transition towards fully renewable, smart and decentralised energy systems. With their large estates, central role in transport and land use planning, and proximity to key stakeholders, local governments are well equipped to accelerate energy innovation. In order to develop a favourable environment that will allow them to step into new roles in climate and energy planning, we need a better understanding of their role in shaping energy innovation. In this article, we look into two main knowledge gaps around local governments’ energy innovation: the role these actors play in systemic, smart energy planning and their role in energy experimentation. We then point to three good practices and conclude with a recommendation on how these knowledge gaps could be closed.
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