Trade, Tarsands and Treaties: The political economy context of community energy in Canada

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dc.contributor.author MacArthur, Julie en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-22T04:14:20Z en
dc.date.issued 2017-03 en
dc.identifier.citation Sustainability 9(3):20 pages Article number 464 Mar 2017 en
dc.identifier.issn 2071-1050 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33714 en
dc.description.abstract Governments today are increasingly looking to non-state and bottom up community actors to help achieve climate change mitigation targets. Canada is a resource rich state with one of the highest per capita greenhouse gas footprints in the world. It is also a state where issues of political will, geographic scale and incumbent industries contribute to a challenging context for broad community participation. Despite this, a long history of co-operative and municipal activity exists in the energy sector, exhibited in diverse ways across its provinces and territories. Provincial variation in energy sources and actors illustrates a far more nuanced picture than exists at the national level, providing a case rich with both promising and cautionary tales for the community energy sector. This article examines the emergence of community energy in the context of broader energy sector moves towards increasingly powerful trade agreements, privatization, and conflicts over Indigenous rights in Canada. It argues that significant potential exists to strengthen the role of local actors in Canadian energy governance, but that macro-level political and economic developments have also created significant challenges for widespread community energy transitions. en
dc.publisher MDPI AG en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Sustainability en
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dc.title Trade, Tarsands and Treaties: The political economy context of community energy in Canada en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/su9030464 en
pubs.issue 3 en
pubs.volume 9 en
dc.description.version VoR - Version of Record en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 617840 en
pubs.org-id Arts en
pubs.org-id Social Sciences en
pubs.org-id Politics & International Relations en
pubs.number 464 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-03-21 en


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