Exploring Values of Energy Justice: A Case Study of a Burgeoning Energy Community

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Abstract

We increasingly see local community energy initiatives unfold to support sustainable energy transitions. The notion of energy communities may aid these initiatives as HCI researchers, practitioners, and political organizations argue for their potential benefits. However, envisionments of energy communities carry assumed expectations of a just energy future for community members. This paper presents a case study of a burgeoning energy community where diverse stakeholders reflect on their expectations of a newly established Danish energy cooperative. Through a value-sensitive design study, we identify ten values reflecting social-technical expectations of how the community may be organized and supported by technology in the future. We structure the values into three tenets of energy justice to discuss value tensions regarding the; i) distribution of energy community benefits and threats, ii) enabling energy community engagement, and iii) recognizing the energy community. Lastly, we discuss how HCI may steer technology de- sign toward a just energy future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2023 - Extended Abstracts of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Number of pages9
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date19 Apr 2023
Article number385
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-9422-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2023
Event2023 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 23 -
Duration: 23 Apr 202328 Apr 2023

Conference

Conference2023 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 23
Period23/04/202328/04/2023

Keywords

  • Energy Communities
  • Sustainable HCI
  • Value-sensitive design
  • energy justice
  • qualitative case study
  • value tensions

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