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Empowering Electricity
Co-operatives, Sustainability, and Power Sector Reform in Canada
Julie L. MacArthur  

$95.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 6/15/2016
ISBN: 9780774831437    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/15/2017
ISBN: 9780774831444    

276 Pages

Sustainability and the Environment series


About the Book

Canada is known for being an energy-producing nation – with much attention being paid to the Alberta tar sands and their large carbon footprint. This book looks at a very different part of the Canadian energy sector: the hundreds of renewable energy co-ops that have sprung up across the nation. These co-ops are democratically structured, community-based organizations that use sun, wind, rivers, tides, and plant and animal waste as sources of local power generation.

Empowering Electricity offers an illuminating analysis of these co-ops within the context of larger debates over climate change, renewable electricity policy, sustainable community development, and provincial power-sector ownership. It looks at the conditions that led to this new wave of co-operative development, examines their form and location, and shines a light on the promises and challenges accompanying their development.

About the Author(s)

Julie L. MacArthur is a lecturer in politics and international relations and in the Master of Public Policy program at the University of Auckland.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments


1 A Climate for Change

2 Governing Sustainability: From Crisis to Empowerment

3 Co-operatives in Canadian Political Economy

4 International Forces for Power-Sector Restructuring

5 Continental, Private, and Green(er)? Canadian Electricity Restructuring

6 Electricity Co-operatives: The Power of Public Policy

7 Off the Ground and on the Grid: New Electricity Co-operative Development

8 Co-operative Networks and the Politics of Community Power

9 Empowering Electricity







"Julie MacArthur's timely analysis of electricity co-operatives provides essential information that should influence future discussions about climate change, greenhouse gas mitigation, energy security, and renewable energy in this country."
– Josť Etcheverry, professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University

Sample Chapter

Sample Chapter [PDF]

Related Topics

Environmental Studies
Political Science

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