The power struggle: fighting for equity in community renewable energy
A major concern in the transition to a clean energy future is the ability to undertake it in an equitable way, as high upfront costs for renewable energy power sources can be deterrents for lower-income people and non-renters.
One way to try to ensure such equity is community-based environmental justice, explained Maxine Burkett, a law professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii, where she focuses on climate change law and climate justice. She, Frederick Redell, energy commissioner for Maui County, and Michelle Moore, CEO of Groundswell, explored how renewable energy needs to fit the needs of and be accessible throughout the cultural differences among different communities.
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