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Clean Power Politics: The Democratization of Energy

ISBN13: 9781316642139
Published: February 2017
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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The United States has been experiencing an energy transition for over four decades, and now - thanks to the Clean Power Plan of the Obama Administration and the Paris climate agreement - a clean energy future is moving closer to reality.

In Clean Power Politics, Joseph Tomain describes how clean energy policies have been developed and, more importantly, what's necessary for a successful transition to a clean energy future, including technological innovation, new business models, and regulatory reforms. The energy system of the future will minimize the environmental costs of traditional energy production and consumption, and emphasize expanded use of natural resources and energy efficiency. Because many new energy technologies can be produced and consumed at smaller scales, they will shift decision-making power away from traditional utilities and empower consumers to make energy choices about consumption and price. In this way, a clean energy future embodies a democratization of energy.

Environmental Law, Other Jurisdictions , USA, Energy and Natural Resources Law

Part I. Preconditions for a Clean Power Transition:
1. The clean power plan and clean power politics
2. Defining and measuring clean power
3. The political economy of clean power

Part II. The Necessity of Innovation:
4. Innovation policy and institutions
5. Clean power systems
6. Regulatory innovation

Part III. The Democratization of Energy:
7. Energy and democracy.