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Alternative Energy Sources and Energy Justice: Nuclear, Hydro and Wind

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Darren McCauley

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The imperative of climate change is driving significant investment in low-carbon technologies. Justice scholars need to be cognisant of emerging injustices that are inherent to alternative low-carbon energy sources. This chapter assesses the main justice implications for the three energy sources: nuclear, hydro and wind. It spans the range of low-carbon technologies from the leading large-scale options in the form of nuclear and hydro as well as the more modern micro-solutions in wind energy. It includes an examination of resource availability including production and security concerns, accessibility in relation to consumption patterns and trade flows as well as broader sustainability questions. The energy justice framework is then applied to each low-carbon source in a similar manner to the previous chapter


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnergy Justice
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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