Now is a crucial time for citizens to get involved in shaping the future of the GB energy system.

The current GB energy system is highly dependent on fossil fuels, leading to climate change and other negative social and environmental impacts throughout the global supply chain.  New technologies for energy systems have been developed in many countries from the 1970s in response to climate change, and out of a desire to become more self-reliant. These include decentralised and renewable electricity generation and combustion technologies and energy storage technologies. The old system was designed for centralised generation and distribution to passive consumers, with extremely complex regulations which lack transparency.  There is an opportunity in this moment for change to move towards greater participation and democracy.

  • How does the energy system currently work?
  • What energy system changes will get us to zero carbon?
  • How can people have more of a say to shape our future energy system?
  • How can we eliminate fuel poverty in Britain?
  • Can participation in the energy system show us what economic democracy would look like?

Read this book to explore these and other questions. 

It will take you from the deeper layers of the fundamental laws of physics, which we cannot change, and the foundational social value of energy to to the higher layers of the technologies and human-created rules we could redesign if we tell different stories about how things should work. 

The layers all interact with each other, particularly the higher more abstract layers of money, governance and world views all interact with the physical infrastructure.

The Physics of Energy Organisation and Ownership Money Flows Governance and Decision Making Worldviews and Framings Roles: Generation Transmission Distrubution Supply Physical Infrastructure Social Value of Energy Chapter 02 Chapter 04 Chapter 05 Chapter 06 Chapter 07 Chapter 03 Chapter 01

You can get to each of the chapers by following the links below: