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New piece on Energy Democracy: Redistributing power to the people through renewables

Cover story of Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development on Energy Democracy Stephens, J. (2019). “Energy Democracy: Redistributing Power to the People Through Renewable Transformation.” Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development 61(2): 4-13.  

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Embodied Energy Injustices – new concept highlighting harms of fossil fuel extraction

This new paper introduces the concept of “embodied energy injustices” which politicizes the transboundary harms of fossil fuel extractivism and fossil fuel supply chains.  Published in Energy Research and Social Science, this concept highlights the fact that connecting local energy … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy For Puerto Rico – Published in Science

Commentary on the importance of prioritizing renewable energy investments for Puerto Rico. Published in Science with co-authors Arturo Massol-Deyá and Jorge L. Colón.  “At this juncture, when the opportunity to build a sustainable and resilient electrical system presents itself, moving away … Continue reading

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Energy innovation in Vermont – new publication

New publication exploring energy innovation in Vermont through the lens of “energy democracy”.  This collaborative piece reviews the unique innovative environment for energy system change and energy democracy in the state of Vermont.  This review of social innovations in Vermont … Continue reading

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Gender in Energy – New article by Stephens & Rebecca Pearl-Martinez highlights benefits of more women in energy

This new article argues for more attention to and investment in diversifying the energy workforce.  Multiple societal benefits of more women in energy are explored. PDF of article available Pearl-Martinez, R. and J. Stephens (2016). “Toward a Gender Diverse Workforce … Continue reading

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Stephens on the need for social science in the renewable energy transition February 2016

A recent piece on the need for social science in the renewable energy transition – February 2016

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New publication on public perception of and engagement with low carbon energy technologies

Professor Stephens, in collaboration with Tarla Rai Peterson and Elizabeth Wilson, has published an important new review article the summarizes research on “Public perception of and engagement with emerging low-carbon energy technologies” in the journal MRS Energy and Sustainability.

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