Why a democratic energy system is inevitable

There has always seemed to me to be a strong link between people’s support for green energy and the extent to which they have a stake in it. Democratically-owned energy seems like the future, as I argued for right-leaning think tank Bright Blue in 2016.


Restoring public purpose and opening up new models of ownership in energy are two sides of the same coin. They are both enabled by the radically changing profile of energy technologies themselves: smaller-scale, renewable systems, with characteristics that naturally enable more local, more dispersed approaches. This is the way things are inevitably heading