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Smart Grid: taking the Geographical dimension into the heart of the discussion. Comparative study of France and Indonesia.
YASSER WAHYUDDIN, Bambang Sudarsono

Last modified: 2021-06-14


This article looks at the governance of the Smart Grid initiatives in France and Indonesia in which the spatial context or geographical dimension undoubtedly played an important role. This research finds its impetus thanks to our days during Ph.D. research at City and Environment Laboratory in Lyon Metropolis and the continuous studies in Indonesian terrain. Firstly, Smart Grid constituted a national agenda for both countries. May the results of comparative studies show that the governance of Smart Grid in France placed significant weight on the role of Cities and its ecosystems as Living labs platforms for energy actors to integrate Smart Grid experiment as part of territorial Smart city programs. Here the role of state in providing R&D funding to allow the collaborative experiment between energy companies and Cities helped to culminate the role of cities. Different approaches were observed so far in Indonesia, in which Smart Grid is fully managed at the Ministerial Level, which appointed State Company to focused on various micro–Smart Grid scattered at the regional level to generate more new models in Variable Renewable Energy. Thus, this work proposed a standpoint of Urban and Regional studies as constructive regard in which the two examples offered different forms of governance between the State and energy actors and that the different point of view  in terms of geographical dimension should significantly reflect the objective ends expected by the two countries.


Smart Grid, Experiment, Geography, City Ecosystem, Regional.