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21 Dec 2023
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A situated governmentality approach to energy transitions: technologies of power in German and Indian smart grid strategies

Leonie Büttner and Lucas Barning

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This paper develops a situated governmentality approach to the particularities of energy transition projects, focusing on smart grid strategies in Germany and India. By analysing the underlying rationalities and power dynamics driving these energy transition projects, we challenge the dominant perception of smart grids as a universal solution. Our findings emphasize the different contexts in which smart grids are being developed and the various technologies of power at play.