480 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    480 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook offers a comprehensive transdisciplinary examination of the research and practices that constitute the emerging research agenda in energy democracy.

    With protests over fossil fuels and controversies over nuclear and renewable energy technologies, democratic ideals have contributed to an emerging social movement. Energy democracy captures this movement and addresses the issues of energy access, ownership, and participation at a time when there are expanding social, political, environmental, and economic demands on energy systems. This volume defines energy democracy as both a social movement and an academic area of study and examines it through a social science and humanities lens, explaining key concepts and reflecting state-of-the-art research. The collection is comprised of six parts:

    1 Scalar Dimensions of Power and Governance in Energy Democracy

    2 Discourses of Energy Democracy

    3 Grassroots and Critical Modes of Action

    4 Democratic and Participatory Principles

    5 Energy Resource Tensions

    6 Energy Democracies in Practice

    The vision of this handbook is explicitly transdisciplinary and global, including contributions from interdisciplinary international scholars and practitioners. The Routledge Handbook of Energy Democracy will be the premier source for all students and researchers interested in the field of energy, including policy, politics, transitions, access, justice, and public participation.

    Chapter 1. Energy democracy: An introduction

    Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker and Danielle Endres

    Part I: Scalar Dimensions of Power and Governance in Energy Democracy

    Chapter 2. Scalar dimensions of power and governance in energy democracy: Introduction

    Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker

    Chapter 3. International energy governance: Opportunities and challenges for democratic politics

    Anabela Carvalho and Ana Horta

    Chapter 4. Comparing and contrasting the institutional relationships, regulatory frameworks, and energy system governance of European and U.S. electric cooperatives

    Stephanie Lenhart, Gabriel Chan, Matthew Grimley, and Elizabeth Wilson

    Chapter 5. Energy democracy at the scale of Indigenous governance: Indigenous Native American struggles for democracy, justice, and decolonization

    Danielle Endres and Taylor N. Johnson

    Chapter 6. Conceptualizing energy democracy using the multiple streams framework: Actors, public participation, and scale in energy transitions

    Nihit Goyal and Michael Howlett

    Chapter 7. Part One response

    Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker

    Part II: Discourses of Energy Democracy

    Chapter 8. Discourses of energy democracy: Introduction

    Stephanie L. Gomez and Danielle Endres

    Chapter 9. Energy security: From security of supply to public participation

    Christina Demski and Sarah Becker

    Chapter 10. The premise and the promise: Energy poverty, capabilities, and the language of moral commitments

    Brian Cozen

    Chapter 11. A brief excursion into the many scales and voices of renewable energy colonialism

    Susana Batel

    Chapter 12. Energy dominance

    Jennifer Schneider and Jennifer Peeples

    Chapter 13. Part Two response

    Danielle Endres and Stephanie L. Gomez

    Part III: Grassroots and Critical Modes of Action

    Chapter 14. Grassroots and critical modes of action: Introduction

    Tarla Rai Peterson

    Chapter 15. The state or the citizens for energy democracy? Municipal and cooperative models in the German energy transition

    Sören Becker

    Chapter 16. Institutionalizing energy democracy: The promises and pitfalls of electricity co-operative development

    Julie L. MacArthur and M. Derya Tarhan

    Chapter 17. A feminist lens on energy democracy: Redistributing power and resisting oppression through renewable transformation

    Jennie C. Stephens and Elizabeth Allen

    Chapter 18. Energy commons and alternatives to enclosures of sunshine and wind

    Matthew J. Burke

    Chapter 19. Part Three response

    Tarla Rai Peterson

    Part IV: Democratic and Participatory Principles

    Chapter 20. Democratic and participatory principles of Energy Democracy: Introduction

    Tarla Rai Peterson

    Chapter 21. Splitting (over) the atom: Nuclear energy and democratic conflict

    William J. Kinsella

    Chapter 22. Public participation and energy system transformations

    Jake Barnes

    Chapter 23. The complex relations between justice and participation in collaborative planning processes for a renewable energy transition

    Patrick Scherhaufer

    Chapter 24. Participation in non-democracies: Rural Thailand as a site of energy democracy

    Laurence L. Delina

    Chapter 25. Part Four response

    Tarla Rai Peterson

    Part V: Energy Resource Tensions

    Chapter 26. Energy resource tensions: Introduction

    Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker

    Chapter 27. Energy democracy, nuclear power, and participatory knowledge production about radiation risks

    Tatiana Kasperski and Olga Kuchinskaya

    Chapter 28. A fracked society: Multi-state media analysis of hydraulic fracturing in the USA

    Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker and Katelind Batill-Bigler

    Chapter 29. Latin American hydropower sacrifice zones

    Mary Finley-Brook

    Chapter 30. Postcards from the future: Hawaii’s transition to wind and solar energy

    Cristi Choat Horton, Nicolas Hernandez, and Tarla Rai Peterson

    Chapter 31. Part Five response

    Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker

    Part VI: Energy Democracies in Practice

    Chapter 32. Energy democracies in practice: Introduction

    Stephanie L. Gomez and Danielle Endres

    Chapter 33. Carbon neutral pledges: Public opinions, opportunities, and challenges for energy democracy

    Meaghan McKasy and Sara K. Yeo

    Chapter 34. Beyond the Ivory Tower: Exploring the role of universities towards sustainable energy transitions in post-disaster environments

    Marla Perez Lugo, Cecilio Ortiz García, and Lionel Orama Exclusa

    Chapter 35. Low carbon energy democracy in the Global South?

    Ben Campbell, Jon Cloke, and Ed Brown

    Chapter 36. Energy democracy in practice: Centering energy sovereignty in rural communities and Tribal Nations

    Douglas Bessette, Chelsea Schelly, Laura Schmitt Olabisi, Valoree S. Gagnon, Andrew Fiss, Kristin L. Arola, Elise Matz, Rebecca Ong and Kathleen E. Halvorsen

    Chapter 37. Part Six response

    Danielle Endres and Stephanie L. Gomez

    Chapter 38. Conclusion: The future of energy democracies

    Danielle Endres, Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker and Tarla Rai Peterson

    Chapter 39. Afterword: Energy democracy, Episode 196 of Cultures of Energy Podcast

    Dominic Boyer, Cymene Howe, Danielle Endres, Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker, and Tarla Rai Peterson



    Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker is an associate professor of environmental and science communication at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), USA.

    Danielle Endres is a professor of communication and affiliated faculty in environmental humanities at the University of Utah, USA.

    Tarla Rai Peterson is a professor of communication and affiliated faculty in environmental science and engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA.

    Stephanie L. Gomez is an assistant professor of communication studies at Western Washington University, USA.

    "A jaw dropping, rich, and wondrously comprehensive treatment of the topic of energy democracy. A refreshing reminder than energy decisions, policies, and pathways have as much to do with politics and systems of political deliberation as they do hardware, infrastructure, or tariffs. For acts of energy consumption, investment or self-generation can be political statements alongside transactions in the marketplace or preferences for some technical criterion. This book offers a refreshing, urgent reminder of what is at stake—it is at once a sober diagnosis, a creative piece of scholarship, and a call for action."

    Benjamin K. Sovacool, Professor of Energy Policy, University of Sussex

    "This Handbook considers "energy democracy" as both a social movement and a terminological "composition" or way into important conversations about how technological innovation, new economic and political structures, and adaptive communication practices are all required to transform our broken relationship with the planet. Incredibly timely given recent events from Texas to India to around the globe!"

    Stephen P. Depoe, Professor and Head, Department of Communication, University of Cincinnati

    "Smart, comprehensive, and internationally authored, Routledge Handbook of Energy Democracy is an essential reference for scholars and climate activists alike in understanding the sociotechnical complexities of the energy transition now occurring and the urgent choices the climate crisis is demanding of us."

    Robert Cox, Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

    "A groundbreaking and highly recommended intervention that challenges taken-for-granted assumptions that energy transition necessarily delivers more sustainable futures. Contributors interrogate up-and-downstream aspects of energy assemblages, exploring new technologies and articulating participatory alternatives in the context of resource constraints and climate crisis. This collection is a must for exploring just transition."

    Majia H. Nadesan, Professor of Communication, Arizona State University

    "The intersection of energy, environmental, and security concerns creates urgent problems requiring collaborative solutions. This exciting volume provides a rich and ambitious overview of democratic concepts and practices that can empower scholars and activists in transforming the disastrous trends currently created by technocratic, neo-colonial, and corporate-capitalist control of energy systems."

    Bryan C. Taylor, Professor of Communication, University of Colorado Boulder