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dc.contributor.advisorWebb, Janette
dc.contributor.advisorWade, Faye
dc.contributor.authorTingey, Margaret Ruth Rose
dc.date.accessioned2021-07-27T10:24:01Z
dc.date.available2021-07-27T10:24:01Z
dc.date.issued2021-07-31
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1842/37818
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.7488/era/1094
dc.description.abstractLocal Authorities are increasingly expected to meet UK 2050 net zero climate goals. However, they struggle to assemble investment for local energy and carbon saving projects. In this thesis I examine how valuation devices that local authorities use to support decision making, shape the development of energy projects. I first develop a conceptual model bridging economic sociology of valuation and programmes of governing. I then use this model to examine valuation practices in local energy across 40 local authority case studies. I demonstrate that the value of local energy initiatives is not pre determined, but is assembled through processes of ‘value-in-the-making’. Local authorities are required to follow formal processes at key junctures in project development. I analyse three such formal valuation processes through my conceptual model: Best Value, the business case model and public procurement. Although governments advise that all three valuation processes provide a balanced evaluation of local investment options, in practice this proves more difficult to achieve, at least for energy projects. I found that energy projects were subjected to diverse processes of economisation which marginalised social value and public goods. It was during the application of these formal valuation devices that the parameters of value shifted. Each device was customised to circumstances and susceptible to different interpretations by officers from across the council throughout project development. This sometimes opens up discrete spheres of influence. Thus, interpretative flexibility, negotiation and contestation ultimately shape the success, scale and scope of energy initiatives. I conclude that the current structures governing valuation practices in local authority energy projects constrains their systematic contribution to a clean energy society.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.hasversionTingey, M., Hawkey, D., & Webb, J. (2016). Assessing local government engagement in energy systems development in the UK and its likely trajectories. In Sustainable Urban Energy Policy: heat and the city (pp. 157–182). Abingdon: Routledgeen
dc.relation.hasversionWebb, J., Tingey, M., & Hawkey, D. (2017). What We Know about Local Authority Engagement in UK Energy Systems: Ambitions, Activities, Business Structures & Ways Forward. London and Loughborough: UKERC and ETI.en
dc.relation.hasversionTingey, M., & Webb, J. (2020). Governance institutions and prospects for local energy innovation: laggards and leaders among UK local authorities. Energy Policy, 138, 111211.en
dc.relation.hasversionHawkey, D., Tingey, M., & Webb, J. (2014). Local Engagement in UK Energy Systems A Pilot Study of Current Activities and Future Impact. Loughborough: Energy Technologies Instituteen
dc.relation.hasversionHawkey, D., Webb, J., Lovell, H., McCrone, D., Tingey, M., & Winskel, M. (2016). Sustainable Urban Energy Policy: heat and the city. Abingdon: Routledge.en
dc.relation.hasversionTingey, M., Webb, J., & Hawkey, D. (2017). Local Authority Engagement in UK Energy Systems: Highlights from Early Findings. London and Loughborough: UKERC and The ETI.en
dc.relation.hasversionTingey, M., & Webb, J. (2020). Net zero localities: ambition & value in UK local authority investment (pp. 1–38). Glasgow: University of Strathclyde Publishingen
dc.relation.hasversionVan Veelen, B., Pinker, A., Tingey, M., Taylor Aiken, G., & Eadson, W. (2019). What can energy research bring to social science? Reflections on 5 years of Energy Research & Social Science and beyond. Energy Research & Social Science, 57(101240), 1–6. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2019.101240en
dc.relation.hasversionWebb, J., Hawkey, D., & Tingey, M. (2016). Governing cities for sustainable energy: The UK case. Cities, 54, 28–35. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2015.10.014en
dc.subjectlocal governmenten
dc.subjectrenewable energyen
dc.subjectenergy efficiencyen
dc.subjectlocal energyen
dc.subjectdistrict energyen
dc.subjectenergy and societyen
dc.subjectvaluation studiesen
dc.subjecteconomic sociologyen
dc.subjectbusiness caseen
dc.subjectpublic procurementen
dc.subjectbest valueen
dc.titleLocal governance of energy initiatives: struggles in assembling valueen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen


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