Energy ethics

Latest Research and Reviews

  • Research |

    Algorithms are critical to modern energy systems but their design often overlooks the perspective of key stakeholders. Through an interdisciplinary process, Ransan-Cooper et al. design different algorithms to control neighbourhood-scale batteries that highlight variations in allocation of risk and benefit.

    • Hedda Ransan-Cooper
    • , Björn C. P. Sturmberg
    •  & Lachlan Blackhall
    Nature Energy 6, 815-823
  • Research |

    The rooftop photovoltaics (PV) industry in the United States has grown significantly, but little is known about any racial and ethnic disparity in PV adoption. This study compares the adoption of rooftop PV across census areas grouped by racial and ethnic majority. It finds that in census areas that have predominantly black or Hispanic people, average rooftop PV installation is significantly lower.

    • Deborah A. Sunter
    • , Sergio Castellanos
    •  & Daniel M. Kammen

News and Comment

  • News & Views |

    Algorithms determine the effectiveness of battery storage, but have so far been designed for narrow techno-economic objectives with simplified assumptions of user needs. New research considers citizen preferences and develops six battery algorithms that support local economic benefits, decarbonization and explainability.

    • Christine Milchram
    Nature Energy 6, 777-778
  • Comments & Opinion |

    The ability to collect fine-grained energy data from smart meters has benefits for utilities and consumers. However, a proactive approach to data privacy is necessary to maximize the potential of these data to support low-carbon energy systems and innovative business models.

    • Carissa Véliz
    •  & Philipp Grunewald
    Nature Energy 3, 702-704