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'Trust' and 'confidence' as socio-technical problems in the transformation of energy systems

Büscher, C. ORCID iD icon 1; Sumpf, P. 1
1 Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Background: For the development of a sustainable energy system, the public’s contribution to the sustainment of the system’s current operations will become vital. The public’s role is expected to change from that of passive service abiders to active service providers, as anticipated by visions of prosumers, smart grids, demand side management, virtual power plants, and electric vehicle management. Smart technology and new business models will increase system complexity and the experience of uncertainty and risk for all parties. Actionability of the public’s participation in the opportunities arising from the transformation of energy systems will become a problem.
Methods: With a qualitative functionalist method, we analyze the prerequisites of the public’s participation: the capacity of social mechanisms, such as trust, for the solution of social problems. Functional problems affect the continuation of communication, i.e., the possibility of the sustainment of social reality. We isolate three case studies that illustrate concrete effects of trust, distrust, and confidence on three parties, respectively: consumers, investors, and those affected by grid extensions.
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DOI: 10.5445/IR/110104029
DOI: 10.1186/s13705-015-0063-7
Zitationen: 39
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2015
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2192-0567
KITopen-ID: 110104029
HGF-Programm 48.01.02 (POF III, LK 01) Knowledge society and knowledge policy
Erschienen in Energy, Sustainability and Society
Verlag Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden
Band 5
Seiten 34/1-13
Schlagwörter Smart grid, Complexity, Acceptance, Uncertainty, Risk, Prosumer, Consumers, Investors, Those affected, Decision-making
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