Equity in the Energy Transition. Understanding the physical and social provisioning systems as a solution for energy poverty in the energy transition

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With the transformation to renewable energy society needs to bear the costs of this transformation. The problem is that 8% of the Netherlands live in energy poverty. Costs of the transition are pressuring on the disposable income for which reason households make less use of own energy services, affecting their quality of living. This can cause health problems and increase inequalities since households living in energy poverty cannot invest in renewable energy services. Research showed that alternatives on social and physical provisioning systems are needed and that community initiatives can provide both. The goal is to understand how the physical (accessibility and affordability) and social (government and community initiatives) aspects of provisioning systems in the energy domain meet the needs of low-income homeowners in the province of Gelderland, the Netherlands. The research answers the research question: "To what extent do low-income homeowners in the Regional Energy Strategy regions: Arnhem-Nijmegen, FoodValley and CleanTech region, have access to local renewable energy cooperatives and projects, in terms of capabilities, government incentives, affordability and social inclusion?".
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