Smart Rural: A model for planning net-zero energy balance at municipal level

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Abstract

Given the current cause–effect relationships between the burning of fossil fuels and environmental, social and economic problems, the model of development for society's future requires transition pathways for a low carbon energy system. Here, the recognition of a smart dimension of rural areas associated with sustainable energy development, while still nascent, is both relevant and suggestive. The paper presents SMART RURAL, a model that revolves around a “think smart-plan local-act rural” approach, promoting a strong engagement with renewable energy, energy efficiency and smart grid toward net-zero energy balance at the municipal level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-61
Number of pages6
JournalEnergy Procedia
Volume122
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017

Keywords

  • energy efficiency
  • renewable energy
  • smart grids
  • municipal planning

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