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

Original Paper

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Renewable energy Governance Stakeholder networks India 

Abbreviations

ANERT

Agency for non-conventional energy resources and technology

C-WET

Centre for wind energy technology

CDM

Clean development mechanism

CERC

Central electricity regulatory commission

CS

Civil society

I

Investor

InWEA

Indian wind energy association

IREDA

Indian renewable energy development agency

IT

Information technology

FDI

Foreign direct investment

IPP

Independent power producer

KSEB

Kerala state electricity board

KSERC

Kerala state electricity regulatory commission

LP

Local people

M

Manufacturer

MDG

Millennium development goals

MNRE

Ministry of new and renewable energy sources (India)

MoP

Ministry of power

MW

Megawatt

NGO

Non-governmental organizations

OECD

Organization for economic co-operation and development

R&D

Research and development

SEB

State electricity board

SERC

State electricity regulatory commission

SNA

State nodal agency (of MNRE)

SP

Service provider

T&D

Transmission and distribution

TEDA

Tamil Nadu environmental development agency

TERI

The energy resources institute

TNEB

Tamil Nadu electricity board

TNERC

Tamil Nadu electricity regulatory commission

TNSG

Tamil Nadu state government

UN

United Nations

UNDP

United Nations development programme

UNEP

United Nations environment programme

Notes

Acknowledgments

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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research FellowBerlinGermany

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