2020: SPECIAL ISSUE: Abitare il territorio al tempo del Covid / Living the territories in the time of Covid
Special issue section 3 - Production and labour...

Verso le comunità energetiche

Monica Bolognesi
University of Florence, Department of Architecture
Alberto Magnaghi
University of Florence, professor emeritus of Urban and regional planning
Published December 5, 2020
  • renewables,
  • energy community,
  • energy transition,
  • territorial heritage,
  • energy sovereignty
How to Cite
Bolognesi, M., & Magnaghi, A. (2020). Verso le comunità energetiche. Scienze Del Territorio, 142-150. https://doi.org/10.13128/sdt-12330


Moving from the critique of the deterritorialisation process that led to the concentration of services and activities in metropolitan areas and the consequent desertification of peripheral and marginal territories, the paper reflects on the implications of the traditional centralized model of energy production and on its criticalities amplified by the ongoing pandemic, then analyzing the opportunities of an energy transition characterized by return to territory. The creation of energy communities represents an opportunity to overcome the social acceptance paradigm and the traditional sectoral approach to experiment with a model of territorial energy patrimonialisation, through the integration of specific locally defined energy mixes, calibrated on the resources’ availability and reproducibility and respectful of the bioregion assets. Dynamic energy communities in which the inhabitants participate, interpret, co-plan, are involved in the identification of local resources and take an active role as protagonists in the definition and management of the transition process of their territories towards a self-sustainability prospect.


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