Energy

Books and Book Chapters

The Resilience Imperative, Co-operative Transitions to a Steady State Economy

by Mike Lewis and Pat Conaty (published in 2012 by New Society Publishers; French translation, Impératif Transition: Construire une économie solidaire published in 2015 by les Éditions Écosociété; Korean translation published in 2015 by Tabi Publishing)

RI English version

This book is based upon research and reflection supported by BALTA during its initial research program from 2006-2012. It explored many of the themes that became central to BALTA’s work in its Scaling Innovation for Sustainability Project. With our communities confronted by major sustainability challenges, many linked to the impact of climate change, it argues for replacing the paradigm of limitless economic growth with a more decentralized, co-operative, steady-state economy.  Part of the book focuses on energy conservation adn green energy production.

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Several parts of the book have been adapted into a series of online articles.  See:

In 1999, the elected representatives of Kristianstad, Sweden, took what for many of us would be an unimaginable decision - to become the first fossil-fuel-free municipality in the Western world. By 2008, just nine years later, Kristianstaad had cut its use of fossil fuels in half. Not only that, they are producing renewable energy that is being exported out of the municipality. BALTA research on Kristianstad is featured in the book, The Resilience Imperative: Co-operative Transitions to a Steady State Economy.

In 1999, the elected representatives of Kristianstad, Sweden, took what for many of us would be an unimaginable decision – to become the first fossil-fuel-free municipality in the Western world. By 2008, just nine years later, Kristianstaad had cut its use of fossil fuels in half. Not only that, they are producing renewable energy that is being exported out of the municipality. BALTA research on Kristianstad is featured in the book, The Resilience Imperative: Co-operative Transitions to a Steady State Economy.

Empowering Electricity: Co-operatives, Sustainability, and Power Sector Reform in Canada

by Julie MacArthur (published in 2016 by UBC Press)

Empowering Electricity cover

This book looks at a very different part of the Canadian energy sector, the hundreds of renewable energy co-ops that have sprung up across the nation. These co-ops are democratically structured, community-based organizations that use sun, wind, rivers, tides, and plant and animal waste as sources of local power generation. Empowering Electricity offers an illuminating analysis of these co-ops 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

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Towards Sustainable Resource Management: Community Energy and Forestry in British Columbia and Alberta

by Julie MacArthur (published in 2016 in Scaling Up: The Convergence of Social Economy and Sustainability, Athabasca University Press)

The chapter examines a number of cases of community control of energy, electricity and forestry through renewable energy co-ops, co-operative electricity distribution networks and collective ownership of forest resources. They serve as models of sustainability and contribute to the capacity building and movement building that is required for a more sustainable future. The chapter also explores the functioning of such initiatives within the broader political economy and the challenges this creates for sustaining the intended purposes of these initiatives.

Download the chapter for free.  (Click on the tab for “free PDF”, then go down to chapter 5 in the list of chapters and click on the download button.)

Photo courtesy of Axel Bruns on flickr via Creative Commons license.

Photo courtesy of Axel Bruns on flickr via Creative Commons license.

Webinars

Scaling Success: Community Based Carbon Reduction Breakthroughs in B.C.

Featured presenter:  Elizabeth Sheehan, Climate Smart Business Inc

Elizabeth Sheehan, the co-founding champion and now president of Climate Smart Business Inc, led an exciting webinar on the evolution and scaling of a unique community based approach to carbon reduction. Organized as a B-Corp which blends non-profit and private ownership, Climate Smart is a social enterprise focused on engaging small and mid–size businesses to reduce their carbon foot print through energy, waste and transportation efficiencies. Their story from idea to prototype to piloting their package of services is joined up with a remarkable scaling of their carbon reduction impacts in B.C. Partnerships with municipalities have been an important feature of their approach.

Access a recording of the webinar, the power point presentation and a transcript.

Visit Climate Smart’s website for further information.