Monday February 3, 2020: Energy Democracy and Energy Justice in Canada, New Zealand and Global Climate Action 

2:30 -4:30PM; Harry Crowe Room (109) Atkinson – (Reception to follow)


Julie McArthur (University of Auckland, New Zealand), “Energy Democracy in Neoliberal Contexts: Lessons from Aotearoa, New Zealand”

Dr. McArthur examines the promise of energy democracy in Aotearoa New Zealand, a country that already has a significant share of energy from renewable sources at 83%, but faces significant challenges in addressing issues of energy poverty and energy system transformation in distribution, storage and energy efficiency. New Zealand also provides a useful case for understanding the unique role that local energy democracy may play in contexts which lack or lose policy support, and those where postcolonial struggles for indigenous sovereignty feature prominently, like Canada.