Public justification analysis of Russian renewable energy strategies

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Salonen , H A 2018 , ' Public justification analysis of Russian renewable energy strategies ' , Polar Geography , vol. 41 , no. 2 , pp. 75-86 .

Title: Public justification analysis of Russian renewable energy strategies
Author: Salonen, Hilma Annikki
Contributor organization: Aleksanteri Institute - Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2018-04-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: Polar Geography
ISSN: 1088-937X
Abstract: The Russian renewable energy industry has not yet succeeded in breaking through into the domestic market despite its potential, particularly in remote Arctic settlements. This article examines broad issues that influence national policy-makers and provides an analysis of the type of objectives that are emphasized in Russian energy policies. It can be assumed that the priorities behind these objectives have a more stable status than more concrete plans to boost the use of renewables, since they often fail to materialize. In order to discover these priorities, I analyze several relevant policy-making documents with the help of public justification analysis, a method developed to examine public claims made in favor of a certain cause, and the commonly known values that the claim-makers refer to in order to convince others. This paper reveals that Russian energy policy documents tend to emphasize concrete, technical tasks over more abstract, holistic goals. In addition, industrial needs dominate all policies, even those related to socio-economic or environmental issues. I conclude that the tendencies listed above may prevent fundamental structural change in the Russian energy industry, despite the potential of renewable energy, especially in the Arctic regions.
Subject: 517 Political science
energy policy
carbon lock-in
multilevel perspective
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: acceptedVersion

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