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Adopting Renewable Energy Sources In Emerging Economies: Prospects And Challenges

Congress: 2015
Author(s): Sujata Hazarika (Guwahati, India)


Keyword(s): Sub-theme 8: Revisiting water paradigms,
AbstractThe exploding population and dwindling reserves of essential natural resources and free ecosystem services, has unfortunately had little impact over our unabated greed to exploit, consume and enslave both nature and humans alike. The major forces driving the premises of human enterprise are material, pragmatic and application oriented on one hand and non-material, philosophical and value oriented on the other. The Pragmatic, application part is largely driven by an economy founded on large scale extraction of fossil fuels and nonrenewable energy sources. This paper will discuss some of the growing concerns of the emerging economies to rethink conventional ideas of energy, through traditional and local knowledge that is experiential, lived and locally sustainable. Deriving from some of the recent controversies of procuring Hydropower in Assam, a far east state of India that houses River Brahmaputra, an abysmal source of unexploited water power whose entangled web of socio cultural impact over the indigenous communities cannot be separated from its even greater significance in India' path to the era of new resource capitalism. The paper will highlight the prospects and challenges of adopting renewable energy sources like hydropower to overcome the growing energy crisis in the region and the country as a whole in the face of debates raging against localized environmental impact on a vulnerable geological topography of the host state on one hand and the political economy of 'water capitalism' raged by the Nation against the states on the other.
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