Participatory Infrastructuring of Community Energy

Andrea Capaccioli, Giacomo Poderi, Mela Bettega, Vincenzo D'Andrea

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Thanks to renewable energies the decentralized energy system model is becoming more relevant in the production and distribution of energy. The scenario is important in order to achieve a successful energy transition. This paper presents a reflection on the ongoing experience of infrastructuring a sociotechnical system in which local communities can manage renewable energies as a Common Pool Resources. We explore how to create a space for citizens' participation in a continuous process of design for energy management. Objectives of the paper are: i) to clarify how Participatory Design could support the sustainability and the effectiveness of an alternative, ii) to present an experimentation with renewable energy as CPR as an alternative model to the actual vision of the energy system. Preliminary results reported in this paper suggest that a Participatory Design process can be valuable for communities in order to establish new energy management models.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPDC '16
Pages (from-to)9-12
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Energy Infrastructuring
  • Commons
  • Sustainability


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