Energy justice: how the Asian Development Bank (ADB) promotes energy justice transition in India. Case study of Charanka solar power park in Gujarat state.

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The development of the renewable energy is growing at the accelerated speed in the developing nations. This development raises the “human dimension” concerns within the energy justice framework. The energy justice concept, which is relatively new in the academia, has been applied in this research to assess to what extent the International Development Agencies promote a just energy transition in the Charanka solar power park in India, which was taken as a case study. The research outlines and examines some key policies and regulations used in the power park through the 9 principles of the energy justice conceptual framework. Interviews with relevant stakeholders have been conducted to support the case study and policy analysis. The results of the research presented the importance of good governance in the developing nations, where the lack of the public participation in the process led to procedural injustice. The human dimension is a significant part of the energy justice concept. In this case, both developing nations and international developing agencies should promote accountability through empowering civil society organizations. The recommendations are followed for the policy-makers and policy implementers for the developing nations and international developing agencies. The areas for the future research are outlined. Key Words: Charanka solar power park, energy justice, procedural justice, renewable (solar) energy policies, ADB project
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