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Power Struggles: Social Dimensions of Electricity System Change

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As societal expectations for electricity systems evolve, individuals and organizations have different perspectives, priorities, and visions for change. For some, smart grid represents a revolutionary social and technical energy system transition motivated primarily by the urgent need for climate change mitigation and adaptation, while others view smart grid as incremental technical change that limits the need for social change in how electricity is used. Understanding the complexities of these power struggles offers insights on how to align different interests to move toward more sustainable and resilient energy systems.

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