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Political power and renewable energy futures: A critical review

Topics: Energy,

This article is a conceptual review of the energy democracy movement, which advocates for renewable and distributed energy resources to further democratic development. The authors argue that there are multiple challenges to the implementation of democratic energy development, including local conflicts around renewable energy installations. The article discusses existing works of energy scholars, which compare the impacts of various fossil fuels and renewable resources on the distribution of political and economic power within states. The article concludes that renewable energy transitions will likely emerge through ongoing and long-term dynamics of political power and will provide a well-timed response only if energy-politics reasonably expresses the possibilities for renewable energy and political power.

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