Energy Justice

Recognition of and response to energy poverty in the United States

This source was recently published and is an overview of energy poverty as seen in the United States and compared to the UK.Read more


This policy document lays out practices for the preservation of cultural resources and artifacts. It was approved and certified by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to support national legislation to preserve and protect historical and archeological sites related to Native...Read more

Energy decisions reframed as justice and ethical concerns

This scholarly journal article synthesizes the mechanisms required to bolster a more inclusive energy landscape. These concerns lay out the core elements attempting to eliminate energy vulnerabilities by identifying the root of these injustices.

The framework utilizes encompassing factors...Read more

Utility shutoffs should be a rallying cry for justice

In much a continued theme throughout the pandemic, utility shutoffs threaten and have negatively impacted many families across the United States. Without any jobs or assistance to pay for high energy bills, which continue to pile on as we are inevitably forced to stay inside, many families face...Read more

The historical–geographical construction of power: electricity in Eastern North Carolina

The attached paper analyzes the creation of the uneven distribution of electricity throughout Eastern North Carolina, tracing the history of the energy distribution from the introduction of utilities to now. The author dives into the different organizational structures of energy utilities, how...Read more

Disconnected: How Household Water Shutoffs in the United States during the COVID pandemic Violate the Human Right to Water

This report is part of Northeastern Law's resources allocated in their Initiative for Energy Justice program page. In line with...Read more

Contextualizing the Covid-19 pandemic for a carbon-constrained world: Insights for sustainability transitions, energy justice, and research methodology

The Energy in COVID-19 group intends to read this article for framing for our own research during the pandemic. 

Abstract: The global Covid-19 pandemic has rapidly overwhelmed our societies, shocked the global economy and overburdened struggling health care systems and other social...Read more

The Energy Transition: Democracy, Justice and Good Regulation of the Heat Market

This paper is certainly a loaded one; published just two months ago, it discusses the different sociocultural aspects inherent within the so-called "energy transition", or the shift of the traditional "fossil-fuel burning centralized plants" model towards deregulation and renewable energy,...Read more


This report was published by an international NGO called Sustainable Energy For All. This NGO  was established in response to the Sustainable Development Goal 7 laid out by the Paris Agreement for universal access to sustainable energy by 2030. This report addressed matters of energy...Read more

Renewable energy communities as ‘socio-legal institutions’: A normative frame for energy decentralization?

This paper introduces a framework for introducing community renewable energy (CRE) solutions as a "separate socio-legal institution" to better ensure that the post-energy transition landscape is one that prioritizes decentralization and democratization of energy. They incorporate principles of...Read more

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