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Autonomous Energy Regions as a Proposed Choice of Selecting Selected EU Regions : Aspects of Their Creation and Management


[ 1 ] Instytut Zarządzania, Wydział Zarządzania i Dowodzenia, Akademia Sztuki Wojennej | [ 2 ] SGH Warsaw School of Economics | [ 3 ] Wroclaw University of Economics | [ 4 ] University of Szczecin | [ P ] employee

Scientific discipline (Law 2.0)

[5.6] Management and quality studies

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Journal year: 2020 | Journal volume: vol. 13 | Journal number: iss. 23

Article type

scientific article

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  • European Union
  • Autonomous energy regions
  • Governance
  • Sustainable development
  • Energetyka
  • Odnawialne źródła energii
  • Rozwój regionalny
  • Rozwój zrównoważony
  • Zarządzanie
  • Unia Europejska

PL There is a high demand for energy production, which is dependent on energy consumptionand input. This demand affects socioeconomic development and quality of life. However, the lackof an innovative formal, legal, and organizational structure regarding public space in the EuropeanUnion (EU) is problematic; one solution could be preparing and implementing grid services as partof distributed energy solutions (based on local and regional renewable resources), and involvinglocal public, private, and profitable entities. Autonomous energy regions (AREs) are a responseto this type of problem, as they can contribute to the creation of organizational and legal toolsthat counteract the marginalization of crisis areas, where undesirable socioeconomic phenomenaintensify (and the conditions and management of the natural environments deteriorate). Investmentsin energy infrastructure based on distributed energy (mainly renewable energy sources) will be atool for socioeconomic changes in affected areas. In terms of practical considerations in the energyfield (i.e., keywords, barriers to energy consumption, and access to it), it is important to formulaterecommendations regarding the creation, management, identification, and designation of autonomousenergy regions (AREs) in the EU. In this case, postal questionnaires and a taxonomic method (Hellwig’smethod) were used. It is worth emphasizing that the creation of AREs is a modern requirementin connection with global CO2emissions. Sustainable low-emission economies, according to theconducted research, may be introduced to the entire European Union. The lack of proposals fordirection of regional development, in terms of autonomous energy regions, was indicated in thispaper. There is a need to formulate specific recommendations regarding the possibility of creatingand managing autonomous energy regions (AREs) in the European Union. Fortunately, there arenatural, organizational, and social opportunities to begin this process. For example, local authoritiesmay become leaders in creating a network of connections in emerging AREs, and communities mightwillingly make the effort to co-create AREs.

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1 - 27




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CC BY (attribution alone)

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final published version

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at the time of publication

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