Networking for climate change: agency in the context of renewable energy governance in India

Original Paper


Climate change has disastrous impacts in the developing world and confronts countries like India with immense challenges. The dilemma of addressing these challenges encourages the appearance of new modes of agency. However, the extent to which new agents are able to address these challenges depends on several factors. The aim of this article is to examine these factors and how they affect the ways in which climate change-related challenges to development are tackled in the case of the Indian wind energy sector. By firstly examining the attributes and capabilities of the different actors and secondly applying a stakeholder network analysis, the article identifies different characteristics that support the effective and efficient deployment of wind energy in one Indian state and hinder it in another.


Renewable energy Governance Stakeholder networks India 



Agency for non-conventional energy resources and technology


Centre for wind energy technology


Clean development mechanism


Central electricity regulatory commission


Civil society




Indian wind energy association


Indian renewable energy development agency


Information technology


Foreign direct investment


Independent power producer


Kerala state electricity board


Kerala state electricity regulatory commission


Local people




Millennium development goals


Ministry of new and renewable energy sources (India)


Ministry of power




Non-governmental organizations


Organization for economic co-operation and development


Research and development


State electricity board


State electricity regulatory commission


State nodal agency (of MNRE)


Service provider


Transmission and distribution


Tamil Nadu environmental development agency


The energy resources institute


Tamil Nadu electricity board


Tamil Nadu electricity regulatory commission


Tamil Nadu state government


United Nations


United Nations development programme


United Nations environment programme



This research was funded by the German Research Foundation in the context of the SFB 700 “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” and provided the basis for the author’s PhD Dissertation. I wish to express deepest gratitude to Dr. Bettina Crayen and Elli Raabe who supported me fundamentally during the last phase of finishing this article.


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  1. 1.Research FellowBerlinGermany

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