Author: Prof. Michael Jefferson, Editor of the journal Energy Policy; Affiliate Professor, ESCP Europe; Professor, University of Buckingham.
Some while ago there was talk of working "from the local to the global" in energy matters, linking optimisation of local supply opportunities, efficiency in use, and efforts to minimise environmental impacts. That sort of talk seems to have faded except for a few voices, like Ted Trainer's, who campaign for "The Simpler Way".
My observation point this morning lies in rural England, four miles from the nearest main road. There are some challenges to rural living, both on the energy supply side and because of remoteness. But I have some relevant background, and we have done what we can to anticipate uncertainty of energy supplies and improve energy efficiency. We are relatively well protected from the various intrusions that many rural dwellers suffer from - close proximity to wind turbines, for example. From this vantage point I can observe a rather shambolic state of affairs.