Fuel poverty and vulnerability in the EU low-carbon transition: the case of renewable electricity

Hiteva, Ralitsa (2013) Fuel poverty and vulnerability in the EU low-carbon transition: the case of renewable electricity. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 18 (4). pp. 487-505. ISSN 1354-9839

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Abstract

The European Union (EU) and member states alike are following a tradition of addressing fuel poverty and vulnerability at the point of purchase by final consumers
by seeking to influence the impact of income, energy price and the built environment on the ability of household consumers to access the energy that they need. By focusing on the conditions of energy transmission in the most rapidly growing renewable electricity sector in the UK – offshore wind – this paper aims to question
whether the regulatory socio-technological framing of renewable electricity transmission is reproducing conditions for fuel poverty and vulnerability in the UK.
By drawing a comparison with renewable electricity transmission in Bulgaria, this paper argues that the problem might be symptomatic of the EU as a whole. While not arguing against the proliferation of renewable electricity and its importance in meeting the 2020 targets, this paper calls for expanding the scope of fuel poverty alleviation policy throughout the whole renewable electricity supply chain, building on Helm’s argument that energy companies at the middle of the supply chain are better suited to deliver fuel policy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue: New Approaches to Energy: Justice, Equity and Vulnerability
Keywords: Fuel poverty, Low-carbon transition, Offshore transmission operator, Renewable electricity, UK, Bulgaria
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Nora Blascsok
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2015 16:28
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 14:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53540
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