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Table 3 The roles attributed by the centralized and the decentralized narrative

From: Competing socio-technical narratives in times of grid capacity challenges: the representative case of Sweden

  Centralized narrative Decentralized narrative
Problem The decommissioning of nuclear power production
Counterproductive taxation
Neglected national power grid
Intermittent power production cannot replace controlled power production
Increasing electrification
Outdated electricity system
Climate change creates new conditions and requires improved systems
Increasing electrification
Consequence Impeded growth (national and regional)
Loss of job opportunities
Increased electricity prices
Impaired sustainable transformation
Unachieved climate goals
Impaired sustainable transformation
Solution Halt the decommissioning of nuclear power production
Build next-generation nuclear power plants
Remove counterproductive taxation
Improve national infrastructures and international connections
Flexible electricity system
Smart grids
Renewable energy production
Local energy production
Hero The state The society
Villain The government The government is held accountable for not accommodating collaborations accordingly, but emphasis is also on the individual responsibility of every stakeholder
Victim Businesses and industries
Local energy companies
Future society
Supporters The government
Umbrella business organizations
The industry
The Moderate Party
Energy consultants
Umbrella energy organizations
The Swedish Green Party