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Title: Local embeddedness in community energy projects. A social entrepreneurship perspective
Other Titles: El arraigo local en proyectos energéticos comunitarios. Una perspectiva de emprendimiento social
Author: Vancea, Mihaela
Becker, Sören
Kunze, Conrad
Keywords: Energies renovables
Serveis públics
Equipaments col·lectius
Moviments socials
Renewable energy sources
Public utilities
Infrastructure (Economics)
Social movements
Issue Date: 30-Dec-2017
Publisher: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
Abstract: An increasing number of community energy projects have emerged recently, reflecting diverse sociotechnical configurations in the energy sector. This article is based on an empirical study examining different types of community energy projects such as energy cooperatives, public service utilities and other entrepreneurially oriented initiatives across the European Union. Based on an in-depth analysis of three case studies, the article aims to introduce a social entrepreneurship perspective when discussing the relationship between local embeddedness and different forms of organisation and ownership in community energy. The results indicate that community energy projects can expand beyond the local scale without losing their collective and democratic form of functioning and ownership. Moreover, social movements can act as catalysts for this expansion beyond the local, in a quest for wider social transformation. Social entrepreneurship may provide a suitable analytical lens to avoid the 'local trap' when examining different forms of organisation and ownership in renewable energy, and further explore the question of scaling.
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It is part of: Revista Internacional de Sociologia, 2017, vol. 75, num. 4, p. e077
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ISSN: 0034-9712
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