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Harnessing Community Energies: explaining and evaluating community-based localism in renewable energy policy in the UK.

Walker, Gordon and Devine Wright, P. and Evans, B. and Hunter, S. (2006) Harnessing Community Energies: explaining and evaluating community-based localism in renewable energy policy in the UK. Global Environmental Politics, 7 (2). pp. 64-82. ISSN 1536-0091

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Abstract

In the UK a new theme has emerged in policy discourse and the investment of public resources around the concept of community renewable energy. A series of central government funded programs have been established with the aim of supporting and subsidizing community-based projects at a local level, an approach to renewable energy development previously the domain of alternative technology activists working outside of the mainstream. Drawing upon policy analysis and interviews undertaken with key actors, we argue that this new theme of government policy has emerged through a coalescence of largely instrumental policy drivers and does not represent a broader paradigmatic shift in the underlying norms and goals of policy. We consider the different ways the community label has been used and argue that while it has provided a ºexible space that activities, interests and objectives of various forms can occupy, its functional malleability also means that the communitarian expectations of participatory involvement are not being widely pursued or realized. Implications are considered for how, in the context of the governance of climate change, the outcomes of public investment in community renewable energy should be evaluated.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Global Environmental Politics
Additional Information: This paper arises from a multidisciplinary and multi-institution ESRC funded project under the Sustainable Technologies Programme. I led both the project and the writing of this paper. RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 2197
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2008 16:53
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:54
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/2197

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