Public Values and Community Energy: Lessons from the US and UK

Steven Hoffman, Shane Fudge, Lissa Pawlisch, Angela High-Pippert, Michael Peters, Joel Haskard
2013 Sustainability  
This paper examines some of the normative aspects of -community energy‖ programmes-defined here as decentralized forms of energy production and distributed energy technologies where production decisions are made as close as possible to sources of consumption. Such projects might also display a degree of separation from the formal political process. The development of a community energy system often generates a great deal of debate about both the degree of public support for such programmes and
more » ... he values around which programmes ought to be organized. Community energy programmes also raise important issues regarding the energy choice problem, including questions of process, that is, by whom a project is developed and the influence of both community and exogenous actors, as well as certain outcome issues regarding the spatial and social OPEN ACCESS Sustainability 2013, 5 1748 distribution of energy. The case studies, drawn from community energy programmes in both the United States and the United Kingdom, allow for a careful examination of all of these factors, considering in particular the complex interplay and juxtaposition between the ideas of -public value‖ and -public values‖.
doi:10.3390/su5041747 fatcat:3jdicapfjfhffm6kyo3q7g2yie