Community Renewable Energy. What is community renewable energy?. Based on localised energy literature from the 1970s Started in the Netherlands in the late 80s. In the UK mostly since the 2000s Many different definitions & practices Decentralised , cooperative, local, community
(Walker and Devine-Wright, 2008)
You can call it liberalism. You can call it empowerment. You can call it freedom. You can call it responsibility. I call it the Big Society. The Big Society is about a huge culture change…where people…don’t always turn to officials…for answers to the problems they face…but instead feel both free and powerful enough to help themselves and their own communities.
(David Cameron 2010)
The classic welfare state is slowly but surely turning into a participative society. Anyone who is capable to do so, is asked to take responsibility for his or her own life and environment. When people shape their future, they do not just add value to their own lives, but also to society as a whole.
(Dutch King Willem-Alexander 2013)
Only limited critical evaluation of community/local energy initiatives so far
Aim: to establish the role contextual concepts of ‘place’ and ‘community’ play in the development of community energy developments
“What we are trying to do…it is not about us [as individuals], it is about a sustainable future for the community.”
“There is no such thing as community here.”
“I think we ought to have a few places where nobody goes. I think it [a renewable energy development] is sort of morally wrong”
“Wild land, ‘we go there for the weekend’. There is no wild land here”.