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Iñigo del Guayo, Lee Godden, Donald D. Zillman, Milton Fernando Montoya, and José Juan González

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198860754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198860754.001.0001

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The Challenges of Rural Electrification in Canada

The Challenges of Rural Electrification in Canada

(p.239) 14 The Challenges of Rural Electrification in Canada
Energy Justice and Energy Law

Alastair Lucas

Oxford University Press

There have been significant energy justice issues in the development of Canadian rural electrification (RE), particularly in the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and the Yukon territory. In an historical approach, investigative questions concerning the nature of the problem, the discourse, solutions canvassed, and changes over time, are asked. These questions frame matters of distributive justice and social justice. Lessons learned include: (i) geographical, economic, and political context can determine the just allocation of RE benefits and burdens; and (ii) public vs private approaches to RE have developed in different provinces. However, there is little evidence that successful distributional and social justice results in RE were very different in Alberta (private power) and Ontario (public power). Legal instruments, particularly Rural Electrification Association co-operatives, played an important role in Alberta.

Keywords:   rural electrification (RE), distributive justice, social justice, Rural Electrification Associations, Power at Cost, quasi colonial exploitation, Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario (HEPC), New Deal

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