Utopias and dystopias of renewable energy imaginaries
While renewable energy technologies have the potential to create more democratic energy systems, it remains uncertain whether their mass adoption will reduce or replicate social inequalities engendered through existing energy infrastructures. Using the concept of sociotechnical imaginaries, we analyze how dominant or alternative energy futures are imagined and realized. Much of the sociotechnical imaginaries literature draws on energy democracy to raise critical possibilities for cultivating alternative values, practices, and subjectivities. However, whether such alternatives become materialized or marginalized is a question of power: various material infrastructures and technologies, energy practices, and subject positions arise as a result of the ongoing co-production of energy and society. We review this literature and conclude by suggesting that alternative visions, and the performances and subjectivities they can engender, are an important starting point for understanding and materializing alternative energy futures.
Energy Democracies for Sustainable futures
Hudlet-Vazquez, Karen; Bollman, Melissa; Craigg, Jessica; and McCarthy, James, "Utopias and dystopias of renewable energy imaginaries" (2022). Geography. 138.