This set of essays explores how new energy technologies, different sources of energy, and new business and governance models can offer a more effective, efficient, low carbon energy system which can benefit all UK citizens.

We look at how designing and creating a bottom-up, decentralised and distributed energy system can meet the energy needs of the great majority of citizens with their ‘fuel’, benefitting themselves and their community, and the global community as well (by avoiding the worst effects of catastrophic climate change). It will be an energy system that is more resilient, more engaging of citizens and more appropriate to the challenges of the next century, while making the most of the local energy assets that the UK deploys to secure its energy future.

To begin that task, we set out a vision of what such a system might look like.