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ERIC Number: EJ832446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
Relocating Energy in the Social Commons: Ideas for a Sustainable Energy Utility
Byrne, John; Martinez, Cecilia; Ruggero, Colin
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v29 n2 p81-94 2009
Climate change, rising energy costs, and other dilemmas raise the prospect for major change in energy-ecology-society relations. Two prominent proposals for change include: a nuclear power renaissance; and mega-scale renewable energy development. Both suggest that modern society will receive a rising stream of less CO2-rich kilowatt-hours, so that increased energy consumption and economic growth can continue. The article doubts these CO2 claims and finds both options lead to deepening unsustainability and environmental injustice. A third approach is proposed. A new institutional and community strategy called a Sustainability Energy Utility. The SEU looks to reduce energy use and seeks to support remaining energy needs by community-scale renewables. To accomplish deep energy change, the authors show how an SEU can move society from an energy commodity to energy commons regime. Commonwealth economy and community trusts are key means to significant change: a future commons is offered as the more appropriate strategy. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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