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Legitimacy : the key to unlocking the transformational potential of community renewable energy (CRE)?

Genus, Audley and Iskandarova, Marfuga (2017) Legitimacy : the key to unlocking the transformational potential of community renewable energy (CRE)? In: 3rd International Conference of the Global Research Forum (GRF) on Sustainable Production and Consumption: Sustainable Lifestyles, Livelihoods and the Circular Economy; 27-29 Jun 2017, Brighton, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Community renewable energy promises to play an important role in reducing consumption of high carbon sources of power as well as in demonstrating the viability of novel business models within the energy sector built on principles of locality and democracy. However community renewable energy, in the UK at least, remains marginal, undermined by changing government policies and unacknowledged institutional factors. To understand better why this is so, the paper argues for an institutional perspective, which is applied to the analysis of interviews with 29 actors connected with community renewable energy in the UK. The analysis was facilitated by using NVivo 10 software for qualitative analysis, to interrogate the interview data and identify key themes implicating various types of legitimacy with the limited institutionalisation of community renewable energy. The approach highlights problems of legitimacy-building at the organisational and field levels for the growth of community renewable energy. These are bound up with continuing and new institutional rules and the deployment of strategies for (de)legitimising community-led entrepreneurial organisational forms, adversely impacting on the potential contribution of community energy to societal transformation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: 3rd International Conference of the Global Research Forum (GRF) on Sustainable Production and Consumption: Sustainable Lifestyles, Livelihoods and the Circular Economy
Organising Body: Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption
Uncontrolled Keywords: community; discourse; energy systems; legitimacy; renewable energy
Research Area: Business and management studies
Geography and environmental studies
Sociology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Business and Law
Faculty of Business and Law > Small Business Research Centre
Depositing User: Audley Genus
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 10:50
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2017 10:50
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/39179

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