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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1080/13549839.2020.1837091

Solar photovoltaic energy infrastructures, land use and sociocultural context in Portugal

04 Mar 2021-Local Environment (Routledge)-Vol. 26, Iss: 3, pp 1-17
Abstract: Energy infrastructures co-evolve with and are enacted and acted upon by not only technical but also regulatory and institutional factors, as well as sociocultural contexts. As solar energy plants r...

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Topics: Solar power (65%), Solar energy (65%), Photovoltaic system (62%)

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.ERSS.2021.102251
Siddharth Sareen1Institutions (1)
Abstract: Activity generated around smart energy transitions risks undermining a basic spatial planning principle: create better places for inhabitants. The possibilities unleashed by digitalisation have enigmatic force. Stepping back from this techno-centrism, this article asks: where are the people in these visions? How can energy sector digitalisation become people-centric and inclusive? It employs a multi-scalar approach to examine social inclusion in case studies of two smart energy transitions: electricity sector digitalisation in Lisbon, and mobility sector digitalisation in Bergen. This reveals how planning and implementing sustainability transitions can exacerbate existing inequalities, but equally offers opportunities to enable inclusive smart energy transitions.

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Topics: Spatial planning (53%)

4 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.ECOLECON.2021.107056
Abstract: What constitutes a sustainability transition? We identify sustainability transitions as premised on shifts in accountability relations – assessments of conformance with institutional controls coupled with application of sanctions, incentives, and subsidies – which structure the selection pressures that shape future demographics, technical practices, and social and material trajectories of an economic sector or domain. Contestation and adaptation of accountability mechanisms lend themselves to empirical observation. Beyond evaluating institutional changes that might support a sustainability transition, our analytic framework positions us to identify incoherent, hollow and regressive modes of accountability that constrain sustainability transitions. To operationalize our conceptual scheme, we analyze a purported case of sustainability transitions, solar energy in Portugal during the period 2017–2020. This empirical analysis juxtaposes the promise of movement to a more equitable, low-carbon energy future with institutional and material inertia. We draw on expert interviews, field observation and secondary research to apply accountability analysis to this energy transition case. We find evidence of shifts in relations of accountability that bode well for accelerated growth of solar uptake in Portugal. More broadly, this pilot application of an analytic framework for studying relations of accountability shows significant promise for advancing environmental governance research.

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Topics: Accountability (55%), Sustainability (51%), Energy transition (51%)

4 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1080/15567249.2021.1922547
Siddharth Sareen1, Amber Joy Nordholm2Institutions (2)
Abstract: Solar energy rollout has environmental and socio-economic impacts vital for just low-carbon energy transitions. The modular characteristics of solar photovoltaics enable multi-scalar deployment. Ho...

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Topics: Solar energy (63%), Photovoltaics (54%)

2 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1080/13549839.2021.1901270
Siddharth Sareen1Institutions (1)
08 Apr 2021-Local Environment
Abstract: At a time of great urgency for transitions to sustainability in light of climate mitigation targets, energy infrastructure is in a state of flux. Expansions in renewable energy and the persistent g...

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Open accessBook
01 Jan 1996-
Topics: Cultural globalization (69%), Globalization (62%), Modernity (54%) ... show more

12,101 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.ENPOL.2012.10.066
01 Feb 2013-Energy Policy
Abstract: This paper makes a case for examining energy transition as a geographical process, involving the reconfiguration of current patterns and scales of economic and social activity. The paper draws on a seminar series on the ‘Geographies of Energy Transition: security, climate, governance' hosted by the authors between 2009 and 2011, which initiated a dialogue between energy studies and the discipline of human geography. Focussing on the UK Government's policy for a low carbon transition, the paper provides a conceptual language with which to describe and assess the geographical implications of a transition towards low carbon energy. Six concepts are introduced and explained: location, landscape, territoriality, spatial differentiation, scaling, and spatial embeddedness. Examples illustrate how the geographies of a future low-carbon economy are not yet determined and that a range of divergent – and contending – potential geographical futures are in play. More attention to the spaces and places that transition to a low-carbon economy will produce can help better understand what living in a low-carbon economy will be like. It also provides a way to help evaluate the choices and pathways available.

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Topics: Energy transition (54%), Low-carbon economy (54%), Embeddedness (50%) ... show more

744 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.ENPOL.2006.12.004
Sylvia Breukers1, Maarten Wolsink1Institutions (1)
01 May 2007-Energy Policy
Abstract: In order to understand diverging achievements in wind power implementation, the Netherlands, England, and the German state of North Rhine Westphalia are compared in a multiple cases study. The comparison addresses the extent to which wind power, as a new energy technology, has become embedded in existing routines and practices of society. The concept of institutional capacity building is adopted to qualify the trajectories followed, taking into account the interdependent and changing political, economic, environmental and planning conditions. Moreover, attention is focused on the conditions that affect the local planning contexts, because that is the level at which conflicts are eventually played out and where a lack of social acceptance becomes manifest. This comparison partly clarifies diverging achievements in terms of implementation. Local social acceptance is problematic—to various degrees—in all three cases. Policymakers and wind project developers do not sufficiently recognise the nature of tensions at the local level. Facilitating local ownership and institutionalising participation in project planning can help to arrive at a better recognition and involvement of the multiple interests (environmental, economic and landscape) that are relevant at the local level of implementation.

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Topics: Institutional analysis (51%), Wind power (51%), Project planning (50%)

380 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.JRURSTUD.2005.08.001
Brian Garrod1, Roz Wornell1, Ray Youell1Institutions (1)
Abstract: Commentators tend to agree that the rural resource is becoming increasingly subject to pressures arising from an ever wider range of economic, social, political and environmental influences. This paper focuses on the case of rural tourism in illustrating the advantages of adopting a sustainable development approach to identifying suitable policies and strategic action plans to assist in addressing these increasingly complex challenges. The central proposition is that much can be achieved in raising the profile of rural tourism and the nature of its interdependence with rural resources by re-conceptualising the rural resource as a kind of ‘capital asset’ of the rural tourism industry. Drawing on recent thinking by ecological economists, an approach based on the concept of the constant capital rule is set out. The paper then outlines some of the benefits of re-casting the rural resource as ‘countryside capital’, using two case-study vignettes by way of illustration. A major conclusion is that re-conceptualising the rural resource as countryside capital provides a more holistic and integrated understanding of the rural tourism production system, which will be required if rural communities are to capture more effectively the potential benefits rural tourism has to offer them. This, in turn, enables a much clearer articulation of the rationale for public-, private- and voluntary-sector investment in rural resources to be made.

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Topics: Rural tourism (71%), Rural economics (71%), Rural management (68%) ... show more

370 Citations

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