ERIC Number: EJ717988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Community Energy: A Social Architecture for an Alternative Energy Future
Hoffman, Steven M.; High-Pippert, Angela
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v25 n5 p387-401 Oct 2005
Community energy based on a mix of distributed technologies offers a serious alternative to the current energy system. The nature of community energy and the role that such initiatives might play in the general fabric of civic life is not, however, well understood. Community energy initiatives might involve only those citizens who prefer to be actively and continuously involved in intense, democratic debate. A more robust conceptualization of community energy might, on the other hand, be guided by Benjamin Barber's notion of "strong democracy," in which community energy initiatives would draw upon a much broader citizen base, involving people from many walks of life and from quarters not generally presumed to be part of a sustained democratic process. The history of community energy is explored and a number of case studies are presented to illustrate the problems, prospects, and limitations of a socially and technologically decentralized energy system.
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