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The Role of Public Participation in Energy Transitions

The Role of Public Participation in Energy Transitions
A Book

by Ortwin Renn,Frank Ulmer,Anna Deckert

  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release : 2020-04
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 0128195150
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Role of Public Participation in Energy Transitions provides a conceptual and empirical approach to stakeholder and citizen involvement in the ongoing energy transition conversation, focusing on projects surrounding energy conversion and efficiency, reducing energy demand, and using new forms of renewable energy sources. Sections review and contrast different approaches to citizen involvement, discuss the challenges of inclusive participation in complex energy policymaking, and provide conceptual foundations for the empirical case studies that constitute the second part of the book. The book is a valuable resource for academics in the field of energy planning and policymaking, as well as practitioners in energy governance, energy and urban planners and participation specialists.

Between Public Participation and Energy Transition

Between Public Participation and Energy Transition
The Case of Wind Farms

by Sanne Akerboom

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2018
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This thesis researches the role of the public in governmental wind farm decision-making procedures in the Netherlands. Wind farms are an essential part of the Dutch energy transition towards to a CO2 neutral society. For a successful realisation of wind farms it is important that the Dutch society supports this realisation. Unfortunately, many wind farm plans so far have been met with substantial societal resistance. For a long time this phenomenon was explained by the self-interest based Not-In-My-Backyard (NIMBY) theory. However, recent studies suggest a strong link to the decision-making processes leading to the realisation of wind farms. Therefore, this thesis studies the relation between government and the public during the governmental decision-making process of a wind farm. This concerns an interdisciplinary study into the concept of public participation on the basis of fundamental legal and political science theories. Both disciplines have studied the concept of public participation in detail and both lead to different analysis and conclusions. This theoretical framework results in an evaluative norm, namely the deliberative ideal, in which processes focus on the common good and dialogue rather than individual interests. This thesis secondly analyses how the concept of public participation is implemented in the wind farm relevant legal frameworks: Dutch administrative, environmental and spatial planning law. On the basis of this analysis and a case study we arrive at the conclusion that the legal implementation does not meet the deliberative ideal and make some suggestions to improve these decision-making procedures.

Pilot Society and the Energy Transition

Pilot Society and the Energy Transition
The Co-shaping of Innovation, Participation and Politics

by Marianne Ryghaug,Tomas Moe Skjølsvold

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 130
  • ISBN : 3030611841
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"This important book interrogates scholarship on sustainability transitions with insights from Science and Technology studies (STS) by focusing on pilot projects. The book urges us to look beyond technological solutionism, to examine how the energy transition also requires experimentation and even transformation in social domains. This is a valuable contribution to discussions about how to make energy transitions just, fair and more humane, and it will be an important resource for students and scholars alike. Highly recommended!"--Benjamin K. Sovacool, University of Sussex, UK and Aarhus University Denmark This open access book examines the role of pilot and demonstration projects as crucial devices for conducting innovation in the context of the energy transition. Bridging literature from sustainability transitions and Science and Technology Studies (STS), it argues that such projects play a crucial role, not only in shaping future energy and mobility systems, but in transforming societies more broadly. Pilot projects constitute socio-technical configurations where imagined future realities are materialized. With this as a backdrop, the book explores pilot projects as political entities, focusing on questions of how they gain their legitimacy, which resources are mobilized in their production, and how they can serve as sites of public participation and the production of energy citizenship. The book argues that such projects too often have a narrow technology focus, and that this is a missed opportunity. The book concludes by critically discussing the potential roles of research and innovation policy in transforming how such projects are configured and conducted. Marianne Ryghaug is a professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology where she leads the research group on Energy, Climate and Environment. Over the last twenty years, her work has focused on the linkages between energy and climate policy, technological development and innovation, and public participation. Tomas Moe Skjølsvold is a professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He is the deputy director of the Norwegian Centre for Energy Transition Strategies (NTRANS) and has published extensively on socio-technical aspects of energy transitions, as well as scientific processes within climate and sustainability science over the last years

Power Shift

Power Shift
The Global Political Economy of Energy Transitions

by Peter Newell

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2021-04-30
  • Pages : 350
  • ISBN : 1108832857
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A novel, interdisciplinary account of the global politics of producing, financing, governing and mobilising energy system transformation.

Integrated Science

Integrated Science
Science Without Borders

by Nima Rezaei

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 3030652734
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Routledge Handbook of Energy Democracy

Routledge Handbook of Energy Democracy
A Book

by Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker,Danielle Endres,Tarla Rai Peterson,Stephanie L. Gomez

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2021-11-18
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 0429688563
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This handbook offers a comprehensive transdisciplinary examination of the research and practices that constitute the emerging research agenda in energy democracy. With protests over fossil fuels and controversies over nuclear and renewable energy technologies, democratic ideals have contributed to an emerging social movement. Energy democracy captures this movement and addresses the issues of energy access, ownership, and participation at a time when there are expanding social, political, environmental, and economic demands on energy systems. This volume defines energy democracy as both a social movement and an academic area of study and examines it through a social science and humanities lens, explaining key concepts and reflecting state-of-the-art research. The collection is comprised of six parts: 1 Scalar Dimensions of Power and Governance in Energy Democracy 2 Discourses of Energy Democracy 3 Grassroots and Critical Modes of Action 4 Democratic and Participatory Principles 5 Energy Resource Tensions 6 Energy Democracies in Practice The vision of this handbook is explicitly transdisciplinary and global, including contributions from interdisciplinary international scholars and practitioners. The Routledge Handbook of Energy Democracy will be the premier source for all students and researchers interested in the field of energy, including policy, politics, transitions, access, justice, and public participation.

Public Goods, Sustainable Development and the Contribution of Business

Public Goods, Sustainable Development and the Contribution of Business
A Book

by Roland Bardy,Arthur Rubens,Raymond Saner,Lichia Yiu

  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release : 2021-02-18
  • Pages : 332
  • ISBN : 1527566250
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book provides an expansive review of the public goods theme and highlights the inherent linkage between sustainable development and corporate responsibility for improving the current and future welfare of communities both at home and abroad. The main proposition here is that sustainable development is focused on preserving and maintaining public goods. Consequently, whoever uses public goods is liable for their preservation, their maintenance, and, where they are underdeveloped, for their expansion. Successful delivery, both now and in the future, depends on a positive relationship of the public sector with the private sector. This book will serve to stimulate discussions of scholars and policy makers in the field of sustainable development with business leaders, and will close the gap between the public and the private sectors by building a common understanding and common methodologies for implementing and measuring sustainable development in the macro- and the micro-spheres.

Local Governments, Communities and Wind Farm Proposals

Local Governments, Communities and Wind Farm Proposals
Insiders’ Perspectives on Italy and New Zealand

by Claudia Gonnelli

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2020
  • Pages : 282
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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As innovation and economies of scale facilitate the rapid adoption of renewable energy technologies, growing socio-political factors remain a key challenge to the achievement of energy transition. The study of large-scale wind farms offers a clear example of the growing impacts of socio-political barriers on implementation rates for renewables. Rapidly decreasing technological costs are being matched by increasingly heated public opposition to wind farm proposals, which, in turn, have put the spotlight on public participation as a key tool to increase social acceptance. Most of the literature on public participation in the wind energy sector has focused on creating a compelling case for a shift from technocratic decision-making to a more participatory approach. The role of local authorities in implementing this shift has attracted considerably less attention, despite being recognised as significant. To address this gap, this thesis critically explored the role of local governments in New Zealand and Italy in the co-construction of three key elements of public participation: the issue, the public, and the practices. Interviews with key informants were conducted in New Zealand and Italy, alongside a comprehensive document and policy analysis. This cross-country comparison revealed significant differences in legislated participatory requirements, but also substantial similarities in the local discourse around participation. First, in both countries, there was an underlying tension between government commitment to public participation and to renewable energy development. These competing priorities risked reducing participatory practices to a teaching exercise used to convince the public, rather than an opportunity to elicit debate. Secondly, in both countries, local authorities characterised the imagined public as NIMBY and used this imaginary to legitimise the decision-making process and its outcomes. Finally, the participatory practices implemented in the two countries highlighted the potential links between lack of opportunities for direct communication between the public and decision-makers and alternative channels of expression. The knowledge generated from the present research contributes significantly to an understanding of public participation from both a theoretical and practical perspective and expands the discourse beyond the classical normative divide between technocratic and participatory decision-making processes.

Energy Democracy: A Research Agenda

Energy Democracy: A Research Agenda
A Book

by Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker,Leah Sprain,Danielle Endres,Tarla Rai Peterson

  • Publisher : Frontiers Media SA
  • Release : 2019-10-31
  • Pages : 108
  • ISBN : 2889631974
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Strategies for Sustainability of the Earth System

Strategies for Sustainability of the Earth System
A Book

by Peter A. Wilderer

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 3030744582
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Energy Transitions and Social Psychology

Energy Transitions and Social Psychology
A Sociotechnical Perspective

by Paul Upham,Paula Bögel,Katinka Johansen

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2019-02-01
  • Pages : 194
  • ISBN : 042985837X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book explains how social psychological concepts can be closely integrated with sociotechnical perspectives of energy transitions. It shows the value of actor-centred analysis that acknowledges the role of individual-level processes within their wider contexts of energy supply and use. In this way, the book connects social psychological and sociological frames of analysis, preserving the value of both, to provide multi-level, analytically extended accounts of energy transitions processes. Sociotechnical thinking is about the interactions of people and technology, including the rules, regulations and institutions involved. Such perspectives help to identify the many forms of path dependency that can make change difficult. Human behaviour plays a strong role in maintaining these path dependencies, but it can also introduce change. This book advocates a deliberately interdisciplinary research agenda that recognises the value of social psychological perspectives when seeking to create new pathways for energy supply and use. At the same time, it also demonstrates the value of sociotechnical perspectives for energy-related social psychology. Energy Transitions and Social Psychology will be of great interest to students and scholars of energy transitions, environmental and energy psychology, sustainable development and innovation studies, as well as students and scholars of environment and energy more generally.

Enabling Sustainable Energy Transitions

Enabling Sustainable Energy Transitions
Practices of Legitimation and Accountable Governance

by Siddharth Sareen

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2019-01-01
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN : 3030268918
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"This compact book argues that ideas about accountability and legitimation - drawn from work on environmental governance - can open up new analytical perspectives on what is holding back effective energy system transformation. With bite-size chapters and illustrative cases that draw on the work of five expert witnesses, this is a novel intervention into debates over the politics of energy transition." -Professor Gavin Bridge, Durham University, UK "The book theorizes and advances the research frontier on legitimation practices and accountability with a carefully crafted analysis bridging scholarly fields of environmental governance, political economy, energy research and democratic theory. It is a must-read for all students and scholars interested in shaping more legitimate, democratic and accountable energy transition from the local to global context." -Professor Karin Bäckstrand, Stockholm University, Sweden This open access book reframes sustainable energy transitions as being a matter of resolving accountability crises. It demonstrates how the empirical study of several practices of legitimation can analytically deconstruct energy transitions, and presents a typology of these practices to help determine whether energy transitions contribute to sustainability. The real-world challenge of climate change requires sustainable energy transitions. This presents a crisis of accountability legitimated through situated practices in a wide range of cases including: solar energy transitions in Portugal, urban energy transitions in Germany, forestland conflicts in Indonesia, urban carbon emission targets in Norway, transport electrification in the Nordic region, and biodiversity conservation and energy extraction in the USA. By synthesising these cases, chapters identify various dimensions wherein practices of legitimation construct specific accountability relations. This book deftly illustrates the value of an analytical approach focused on accountable governance to enable sustainable energy transitions. It will be of great use to both academics and practitioners working in the field of energy transitions. Siddharth Sareen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation at the University of Bergen, Norway.--

The European Dimension of Germany’s Energy Transition

The European Dimension of Germany’s Energy Transition
Opportunities and Conflicts

by Erik Gawel,Sebastian Strunz,Paul Lehmann,Alexandra Purkus

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2019-02-07
  • Pages : 559
  • ISBN : 3030033740
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book addresses the interactions between Germany’s energy transition and the EU’s energy policy framework. It seeks to analyze the manifold connections between the prospects of the proclaimed “Energy Union” and the future of Germany’s energy transition, and identifies relevant lessons for the transformation at the EU level that can be learned from the case of Germany, as a first-mover of transforming energy systems towards renewables. The various repercussions (political, economic and systemic) from the national transition are explored within the EU context as it responds to the German transition, taking into account both existing frictions and potential synergies between predominantly national sustainability policies and the EU’s push towards harmonized policies within a common market. The book’s overall aim is to identify the most critical issues, in order to avoid pitfalls and capitalize on opportunities.

The Regulation and Policy of Latin American Energy Transitions

The Regulation and Policy of Latin American Energy Transitions
A Book

by Lucas Guimaraes

  • Publisher : Elsevier Science
  • Release : 2020-03
  • Pages : 396
  • ISBN : 0128195215
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Regulation and Policy of Latin American Energy Transitions examines the ongoing revolution within the energy landscape of Latin America. This book includes real-world examples from across the continent to demonstrate the current landscape of energy policy in Latin America. It focuses on distributed energy resources, including distributed generation, energy efficiency and microgrids, but also addresses the role of less common energy sources, such as geothermal and biogas, as well as discusses the changing role of energy actors, where consumers become prosumers or prosumagers, and utilities become service providers. The legal frameworks that are still hampering the transformation of the energy landscape are explored, together with an analysis of the economic, planning-related and social aspects of energy transitions, which can help address the issue of how inequalities are affecting and being affected by energy transitions. The book is suitable for policy makers, lawyers, economists and social science professionals working with energy policy, as well as researchers and industry professionals in the field. It is an ideal source for anyone involved in energy policy and regulation across Latin America. Reviews key legal and policy features defining success and failure within the diverse Latin American energy transitions Provides clear descriptions and comparisons of current and potential future policy frameworks in Latin America across differing social, economic, geo-political and policy contexts Analyzes the potential role of new technologies and practices in developing the region's energy economy Poses key regulatory challenges and possible means to finance the envisioned transitions

Sustainability in Transition

Sustainability in Transition
Principles for Developing Solutions

by Travis Gliedt,Kelli Larson

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2018-07-04
  • Pages : 308
  • ISBN : 1134989962
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Sustainability in Transition: Principles for Developing Solutions offers the first in-depth education-focused treatment of how to address sustainability in a comprehensive manner. The textbook is structured as a learning-centered approach to walk students through the process of linking sustainable behavior and decision-making to green innovation systems and triple-bottom-line economic development practices, in order to achieve sustainable change in incremental to transformational ways. All chapters combine theory and practice with the help of global case study and research study examples to illustrate barriers and best practices. Each chapter begins with learning objectives and ends with a 'check on learning' section that ties the main points back to the core themes of the book. Chapters include a section focused on measuring progress and a box comparing international research or case studies to the North American focus of the chapter. A list of additional academic sources for students that complement each chapter is included. Building sustainability tools, techniques, and competencies cumulatively with the help of problem- and project-based learning modules, Sustainability in Transition: Principles for Developing Solutions is a comprehensive resource for learning sustainability theory and doing sustainability practice. It will be essential reading for advanced undergraduate and graduate level students who have already completed introductory sustainability classes.

Social Movements against Wind Power in Canada and Germany

Social Movements against Wind Power in Canada and Germany
Energy Policy and Contention

by Andrea Bues

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2020-07-14
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN : 1000078787
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Taking a comparative case study approach between Canada and Germany, this book investigates the contrasting response of governments to anti-wind movements. Environmental social movements have been critical players for encouraging the shift towards increased use of renewable energy. However, social movements mobilizing against the installation of wind turbines have now become a major obstacle to their increased deployment. Andrea Bues draws on a cross-Atlantic comparative analysis to investigate the different contexts of contentious energy policy. Focusing on two sub-national forerunner regions in installed wind power capacity – Brandenburg and Ontario – Bues draws on social movement theory to explore the concept of discursive energy space and propose explanations as to why governments respond differently to social movements. Overall, Social Movements against Wind Power in Canada and Germany offers a novel conceptualization of discursive-institutional contexts of contentious energy politics and helps better understand protest against renewable energy policy. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of renewable energy policy, sustainability and climate change politics, social movement studies and environmental sociology.

Sustainable Energy Transitions

Sustainable Energy Transitions
Socio-Ecological Dimensions of Decarbonization

by Dustin Mulvaney

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 3030489124
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Political Economy of Clean Energy Transitions

The Political Economy of Clean Energy Transitions
A Book

by Douglas Jay Arent,Channing Arndt,Mackay Miller,Finn Tarp,Owen Zinaman

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2017
  • Pages : 594
  • ISBN : 0198802242
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A volume on the political economy of clean energy transition in developed and developing regions, with a focus on the issues that different countries face as they transition from fossil fuels to lower carbon technologies.

Sustainable Energy Democracy and the Law

Sustainable Energy Democracy and the Law
A Book

by Ruven Fleming,Kaisa Huhta,Leonie Reins

  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release : 2021-07-05
  • Pages : 388
  • ISBN : 9004465448
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Sustainable Energy Democracy and the Law offers a legal account of the concept of sustainable energy democracy. The book explains what the concept means in a legal context and how it can be translated into concrete legal instruments.

From Economic to Energy Transition

From Economic to Energy Transition
Three Decades of Transitions in Central and Eastern Europe

by Matúš Mišík

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 3030550850
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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