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Histories of Flexibility – A Special Issue of the Journal of Energy History

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Flexibility: past, present, future

17 March, 2020

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In January 2020, a workshop was held at Lancaster University to discuss contributions to a special issue of the Journal of Energy History about energy flexibility.

Current debates in the energy sector primarily depict flexibility as a novel present-day concern that is associated with electricity systems.

In January, a workshop was held at Lancaster University to discuss contributions to a special issue of the Journal of Energy History, aimed at showing how the management of variations in supply and demand has a long history, and that there is much that can be learned from previous experiences.

Each of the seven papers currently in draft looked at how flexibility has been configured and conceptualised across and between different energy systems over time. The papers cover a variety of energy systems, services, geographies and time scales. The anticipated publication date of the special issue is January 2021.

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