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Cite as Citation reference for the source document. Chelsea Schelly, Douglas Bessette, Kathleen Brosemer, Valoree Gagnon, Kristin L. Arola, Joshua M. Pearce, Kathleen E. Halvorsen. Energy Policy for Energy Sovereignty: Can policy tools enhance energy sovereignty?. Solar Energy 205, (2020),109-112. open access

The concept of energy sovereignty redefines the priorities for decision making regarding energy systems while encouraging increased reliance on renewable energy technologies like solar. Energy sovereignty involves centering the inherent right of humans and communities to make decisions about the energy systems they use, including decisions about the sources, scales, and forms of ownership that structure energy access. Current U.S energy policy does not center concerns of energy sovereignty, and in many cases may work against it. Policies to enhance energy sovereignty can accelerate electricity decarbonization while also empowering community scale decision making and offering communities control to reduce the myriad externalities associated with the fossil-fuel energy system.

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Keywords cogeneration, electricity, energy production, heating and cooling, heating, cooling, photovoltaics, solar energy, energy policy, electric utility, distributed generation, off-grid, energy sovereignty, energy justice, community engaged scholarship
SDG SDG07 Affordable and clean energy
Authors Chelsea Schelly, Douglas Bessette, Kathleen Brosemer, Valoree Gagnon, Kristin L. Arola, J.M.Pearce, Kathleen E. Halvorsen
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
Language English (en)
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