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Structuring decisions about energy in developing communities: an example from Canada's north

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Decisions about energy in developing communities are challenging from a technical standpoint, and because of the unique characteristics that typify them, e.g. limited infrastructure and government budgets, complex social and political arrangements, and economic vulnerability. Against the backdrop of these challenges, the government of Canada's Northwest Territories (NWT) is attempting to reform the region's energy system. This paper provides insights from the decision sciences, stemming from our work on the NWT's energy planning process, about how to structure decisions about energy development and delivery so as to effectively meet a range of stakeholders’ objectives in a transparent and inclusive manner.
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Keywords: Canada; decision making; developing communities; energy; trade-offs

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4

Publication date: May 4, 2015

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