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Local Energy Governance
Opportunities and Challenges for Renewable and Decentralised Energy in France and Japan

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ISBN 9780367458911
March 3, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
152 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Local Energy Governance: Opportunities and Challenges for Renewable and Decentralised Energy in France and Japan examines the extent of the energy transition taking place at a local level in France and Japan, two countries that share ambitious targets regarding the reduction of GHG emissions, their share of renewable energy and their degree of market liberalization. This book observes local energy policies and initiatives and applies an institutional and legal analysis to help identify barriers but also opportunities in the development of renewable energies in the territories. The book will highlight governance features that incubate energy transition at the local level through highly interdisciplinary contributions that offer legal, political, sociological and technological perspectives. Overall, the book will draw conclusions that will also be informative for other countries aiming at promoting renewable energies. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of energy policy and energy governance.

Table of Contents

Table of contents


Magali Dreyfus and Aki Suwa


Chapter 1 Searching for alternatives to fossil and fission based energy sources in France

Guillaume Dezobry and Magali Dreyfus

The European Energy and Climate institutional framework

An institutional framework designed for a centralized governance and nuclear hegemony in the French energy mix

The promotion and slow rise of other energy sources and its decentralized governance


Chapter 2 Energy Transition in Japan: Political landscape and civil society’s contribution

Masayoshi Iyoda

The Governmental Preferences and their Political Background

Changes within the National Government

A Brief History of Civil Society’s Advocacy on Climate and Energy Issues

Civil Society’s Actions to Promote Energy Transition to Renewable



Chapter 3 Local authorities and energy in France. Increasing duties, limited means of action

François-Mathieu Poupeau

Local authorities and energy markets regulation

Local authorities and sectoral policies

A local rise under control


Chapter 4 Local Energy Governance: The Japanese Context, Development and Typology

Aki Suwa

Connecting the Local Energy Governance with the National Wealth and Benefits Sharing Discourses

The strategic challenge of the Japanese Energy Transition

Local Energy Governance Development: The emergence of new organizational archetypes in Japan

Discussion and Conclusion

Chapter 5 Local acceptance of Renewable Energy projects. A Case Analysis of the Garorim Bay Tidal Plant Project in South Korea

Bomi Kim and Youhyun Lee

Emergence of Local Autonomy System in South Korea

FIT to RPS – Implementation of the RPS System

Environmental Impact Assessment

Case Record


Concluding remarks

Part 3: Local partnerships for the development of renewable energy at the local level: citizens, communities and companies

Chapter 6 Local public companies, local authority shareholders and electricity: rarely one, never two, always three

Marie-Anne Vanneaux

Local public electricity companies with majority public shareholdings: the most common legal form

Minority public shareholding and local electricity policy, new perspectives


Chapter 7 Analysis of the Value Added to Local Economies by Municipal Power Suppliers in Japan

Kenji Inagaki and Takuo Nakayama

Expectation on civic energy sector

Typology of Municipal Power Suppliers

Analysis of Value Added to Local Economies by New Municipal Power Suppliers

Case studies: New Municipal Power Suppliers Subject to Case Analysis

Discussion and Conclusion


Chapter 8 The voluntary initiatives, "positive energy territory" and "positive energy territory for green growth", first steps towards a decentralization of the French energy system?

Blanche Lormeteau

Innovative rules of governance not easily absorbed by the central level

TEPOS: fruitful experimentation grounds for a hesitant State

The State's mistrust and the failure of the TEPCVs

The creation of ETCs: the end of a territorial approach to energy?



Chapter 9 The feasibility of a 100 percent Renewable Energy scenario at the Village Level in Japan from an economic analysis standpoint

Takuo Nakayama

Introduction: The potential for stimulating the local economy through a renewable energy business

The economic model to analyse local value added

The evaluation of the renewable energy business by the local value-added analysis model

The scenario to realise a 100 per cent renewable energy local authority

The simulation of local value added for a 100 per cent renewable energy local authority


Chapter 10 Actors, Motives and Social Implications of 100% Renewable Energy Territories in Austria and Germany

Laure Dobigny

Methods and Case-Studies

Circumstances and Actors of 100% RE Territories

Motives of Local RE Transition

Social and economic implications



Chapter 11
Digital and energy transition in French cities: limits and asymptote effects

Raphaël Languillon-Aussel

Introduction – The energy, the neglected alpha and omega of the French smart city?

The actors of energy and digital tech, and their urban strategies in France

Japanese smart communities and French smart cities: cross-cultural experiments through urban energy innovations

Conclusion: for a multi-scalar governance and a life-cycle approach of French smart cities

Chapter 12 Analysis of Supply-Demand Balances in the Western Japan Grids in 2030 _ Integrating Large-Scale Photovoltaic and Wind Energies: Challenges in Cross-Regional Interconnections

Asami Takehama and Manabu Utagawa

Regulatory Framework of Renewable Energies and Grid Integration: the National Energy Plan and historical trends of renewable energy development


Simulation Results


Chapter 13 A glimpse into smart cities: opportunities for the development of energy cooperatives for citizens and businesses in Mexico

Luis Román Arciniega Gil

Context of the Mexican energy industry

Mexico's state of play and commitments to climate change and clean energy by 2050

The challenge of inequality: tackling energy poverty through locally determined energy projects

Reconciling interests: the benefits of the cooperative model for industry and business





Conclusion and avenues for further research

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Magali Dreyfus is a researcher at CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research). She is based at CERAPS (Center for European Research on Administration, Politics and Society) - Lille University in France. Formerly, she was a Visiting Fellow at GRIPS (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies) and a research fellow at the United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies, in Tokyo, Japan.

Aki Suwa is a professor at Kyoto Women's University, and an Instructor at the College of Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University, Japan, after being a research fellow at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies.