It is an understatement to say that there has been a refocussing on local level coordination in energy system change. I have written before about the momentum at this scale, as well as the renewed attention of Local Enterprise Partnership (LEPs) and emerging Local Industrial Strategies in this area. There has also been the announcement of major demonstrator funding for smart, local energy systems via the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. But despite these developments there remains a significant mismatch between activity at this scale and governance structures to enable and support change. To address this we propose a new statutory duty on local authorities and the devolution of carbon budgets. Neither of these proposals are necessarily ‘new’ but a range of changes in energy and climate policy – as well as to devolution and spatial planning agendas – mean the time is now right to restructure local-national relationships.
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