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Local energy generation projects: assessing equity and risks

Adams, C.; Bell, S.

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C. Adams


Micro- and small-scale low-carbon energy generators embedded within villages, towns and cities can provide a valuable income stream for local communities among other potential benefits. There are a range of social, political, technical and environmental factors that may impact upon the success of a planned energy generation project; however, these factors are rarely considered in unison. The aim of this research is to investigate and understand the concerns relating to equity and distributional justice that impact upon local groups interested in developing energy projects and to determine whether a whole systems approach can be used to draw out perceived issues. This has been achieved by working with two small village groups to test a newly developed energy equity assessment tool. This paper reports research findings from two villages in the UK both planning energy projects that intended to benefit their respective villages and examines perceived issues relating to equity and distributional justice associated with the proposed schemes. The research highlights some challenges facing community groups when planning micro- and small-scale energy projects and demonstrates the commitment, tenacity and high levels of personal risk that these groups have to bear in order to bring their projects to fruition and comments as to the type of actions that may be required to more wholly consider equity issues while developing future energy policy.


Adams, C., & Bell, S. (2015). Local energy generation projects: assessing equity and risks. Local Environment, 20(12), 1473-1488.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 25, 2014
Online Publication Date Apr 24, 2014
Publication Date Dec 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jul 15, 2014
Publicly Available Date Sep 16, 2014
Journal Local Environment
Print ISSN 1354-9839
Electronic ISSN 1469-6711
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 12
Pages 1473-1488
Keywords Equity, Risk, Community, Energy, Policy.


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Advance online version © 2014 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis.<br /> This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.<br /> org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.

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