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Justice, poverty, and electricity decarbonization

Monyei, Chukwuka Gideon; Sovacool, Benjamin K.; Brown, Marilyn A.; Jenkins, Kirsten E. H.; Viriri, Serestina; Li, Yufei


Chukwuka Gideon Monyei

Benjamin K. Sovacool

Marilyn A. Brown

Kirsten E. H. Jenkins

Serestina Viriri

Yufei Li


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.


Monyei, C. G., Sovacool, B. K., Brown, M. A., Jenkins, K. E. H., Viriri, S., & Li, Y. (2019). Justice, poverty, and electricity decarbonization. Electricity Journal, 32(1), 47-51.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 8, 2019
Online Publication Date Jan 22, 2019
Publication Date Feb 1, 2019
Deposit Date Apr 16, 2019
Journal The Electricity Journal
Print ISSN 1040-6190
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 1
Pages 47-51
Keywords decarbonization paradox, renewable energy, justice, poverty decarbonization strategy
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