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Localist Movements in a Global EconomySustainability, Justice, and Urban Development in the United States$
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David J. Hess

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012645

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012645.001.0001

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Local Energy and the Public Sector

Local Energy and the Public Sector

(p.161) 6 Local Energy and the Public Sector
Localist Movements in a Global Economy

David J. Hess

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This chapter examines localism in the context of municipal, regional, or state government ownership. It analyzes three cases of local ownership in the electric power industry and identifies the potentials and challenges for energy production and conservation in each case. It considers the greening of public transportation as a complex network of relationships among transit technology innovations, government regulations, and environmental justice groups and evaluates its potential to generate local businesses and economic development based on import substitution.

Keywords:   localism, government ownership, electric power industry, energy production, energy conservation, public transportation, government regulations, environmental justice, import substitution, local businesses

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