Empowering Electricity

Co-operatives, Sustainability, and Power Sector Reform in Canada

Julie MacArthur

  • Published: 2016. Paperback February 2017
  • Subject Listing: Environmental Studies; Politics
  • Bibliographic information: 276 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Since the 1990s, there has been an upsurge in renewable electricity co-operatives across Canada as hundreds of community organizations have turned to the sun, wind, and rivers as sources of local power generation. Empowering Electricity offers an illuminating analysis of these co-operatives 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.
Julie L. MacArthur is lecturer in politics and international relations and in the Master of Public Policy program at the University of Auckland.

"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."
-José Etcheverry, professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University
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