What factors enable community leadership of renewable energy projects? Lessons from a woodfuel heating initiative
AbstractIncreasing renewable energy generation is fundamental to sustainable development as current reliance on fossil fuel combustion is an environmentally damaging, inequitable use of finite resources with far-reaching negative social impacts. To date, UK energy policy has sought to increase renewable energy capacity by encouraging large-scale commercially led developments. Recently, however, there has been growing interest in the scope for alternative small scale and community-led renewable energy development. This case study research from northwest England investigates the development of a community-led woodfuel heating project in a remote rural setting. Qualitative data from project participantsâ€™ interviews show the project was conceived as means of addressing multiple threats to the sustainability of their rural community. Participantsâ€™ vision of the project was found to fit the eco-economy paradigm.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by London South Bank University in its journal Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit.
Volume (Year): 27 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
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community; participation; place-based identity; renewable energy; rural sustainability;
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