Justice, poverty, and electricity decarbonization

Chukwuka Monyei, Benjamin Sovacool, Marilyn Brown, Kirsten Jenkins, Serestina Viriri, Yufei Li

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Drawing from examples in Germany, California, and Australia, we show that large scale integration of renewable energy in existing electricity grids does not necessarily lead to cheaper electricity, the strengthening of energy security, or the enhancement of economic equity. Indeed, efforts to integrate renewable energy into the grid can thwart efforts to reduce chronic poverty. Planners around the world need to be cautious, pragmatic and realistic when attempting to similarly decarbonize their energy systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-51
JournalThe Electricity Journal
Issue number1
Early online date22 Jan 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Jan 2019


  • Decarbonization paradox
  • Renewable energy
  • Justice
  • Poverty
  • Decarbonization strategy


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