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  • News and Views |

    Typically, the allocation of renewable power sources is determined by a desire to maximize output and reduce generation costs in order to satisfy the preferences of a small number of stakeholders. A new model broadens this perspective by considering societal equity and acceptability, with the aim of improving the siting process.

    • Philipp Grunewald
    Nature Energy 2, 17130
  • Comments and Opinion |

    The UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 aims to deliver affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Tracking progress towards the targets under this goal can spur better energy statistics and data gathering capacity, and will require new indicators that also consider the interplay with other goals.

    • Peter G. Taylor
    • , Kathleen Abdalla
    • , Roberta Quadrelli
    •  & Ivan Vera
    Nature Energy 2, 17117
  • News and Views |

    Distributed energy resources will play a fundamental role in providing low-carbon electricity in a smart, flexible way. A new study develops a cross-disciplinary planning tool showing that ‘going distributed’ always pays.

    • Angelo Facchini
    Nature Energy 2, 17129
  • News and Views |

    Wind turbines have been a go-to technology for addressing climate change, but they are increasingly a source of frustration for all stakeholders. While community ownership is often lauded as a panacea for maximizing turbine acceptance, a new study suggests that decision-making involvement — procedural fairness — matters most.

    • Jamie Baxter
    Nature Energy 2, 17128