The social, cultural, economic and technical aspects of moving rapidly to the low carbon economy are not well understood. Such uncertainty is often used as a pretext for policy procrastination. However lack of evidence is not evidence of lack. Therefore WREN is developing the infrastructure for its becoming a longitudinal study designed to better understand the process of change, and so allow the replication elsewhere of effective measures. We are working with funded researchers to undertake this work, as it is essential that any outcomes are objectively based.
This work ranges across many disciplines as the shift to the low carbon economy has a range of strands, including:
- Technical (renewable generation from a variety of sources, demand management, changed transport arrangements, smart grid – we are in discussion with WPD -, amongst others);
- Social and psychological (acceptance and adoption of a differing relationship to energy)
- Economic (including economic benefits and disbenefits of differing energy, food and transport arrangements)
- Policy (attributes of a distributed energy system)
New Operations Manager Appointed
Dominic Comonte has been appointed Operations Manager, with immediate effect. Dominic was previously WREN's project manager.
Read more about him here.
The Wadebridge Energy Futures Exhibition is now live!Read more...
WREN has a new director. Rachel Wigglesworth was co-opted as Director of Public Health at the Board meeting on 21st January 2014.Read more...