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Context and community renewable energy development in Western Australia: Towards effective policy and practice

Lawonski, E., Hodgson, N. and Whale, J. (2017) Context and community renewable energy development in Western Australia: Towards effective policy and practice. In: World Renewable Energy Congress XVI, 5 - 9 February 2017, Murdoch University

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Abstract

Community renewable energy projects are contributing diverse sustainability benefits in a transforming energy landscape, but in Western Australia, projects are few and far between and the state is being left behind in national policy discussions. Drawing upon a socio-technical framework which conceptualises the context of innovation journeys according to patterns in the context, we investigate Western Australia and its major electricity network as a site for community-driven renewable energy development. Our case-study analysis suggests that project development in Western Australia to date has survived in niche pockets, which have been unusually conducive to community energy development, in a context otherwise riddled with political, technical, and regulatory hurdles.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
UNSD Goals: Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 13: Climate Action
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/40043
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