This article explores the environmental injustices created by the development of energy systems including renewable energy systems, such as the inequitable distribution of environmental hazards and the limited engagement that affected communities have in the decision-making related to the systems. It uses the example of wind energy, describing how wind farms could affect communities and the environment as well as discussing the lack of participation by frontline communities in the governance of renewable energy systems as a cause of procedural injustice. In addition, it proposes community-led energy production as a solution for a just energy transition.
Focusing on wind turbines, the author of this article argues that renewable energies create environmental injustices and health issues for local communities just as much as fossil fuels. The author further suggests that the lack of participation by frontline communities in the governance of these energy eco-systems could be an intentional approach by policymakers and corporations to avoid slowing down the scaling of technology. The author concludes by calling for a democratic approach to energy governance whereby participatory knowledge production is acknowledged as an “integral” part of the energy system. She also advocates for community-led energy production to ensure that technologies being deployed are compatible with the environment in which they live.