New Book: Challenging the rise of Corporate Power in Renewable Energy

by Dexter Whitfield, adds new dimensions to the climate crisis.

It is an exposé of corporate domination of the renewable energy sector based on an analysis of the global trade buying and selling onshore/offshore wind farms, solar parks, battery storage and other projects. It includes strategies for a democratic public future for renewable energy, protection of the built environment, nature and biodiversity.

Contents – Crisis and opportunities – Corporate domination – Trading renewable energy assets – Tax havens and market interventions – Public ownership and public values – Wide use of PPPs for renewable energy projects in emerging economies – The commodification and marketisation of nature and biodiversity – Equalities economic, social and environmental justice – Economic and industrial strategies – Strategic opportunities.

The book details strategic opportunities for public ownership and industrial and economic development with the decarbonisation of manufacturing, construction and public transport; retrofitting of housing, public buildings and business premises; adaptation and environmental protection;

Paperback £18.00, ePub £10.00 available from Spokesman Books –

Further information:

Books and articles by Dexter Whitfield

Public Ownership and Provision which includes access to the ESSU Global Renewable Energy Secondary Market Database 2019-2021, 3 additional Tables and a Glossary of Renewable Energy terms.

Now published: Public Alternative to the Privatisation of Life

Public Alternative to the Privatisation of Life
provides comprehensive evidence of the failure of privatization and the economic, social and environmental damage to people’s lives, working conditions and undermining of equalities.
It details radical strategies for decommodification
for a new era of public ownership and provision
with participative and democratic accountability, quality public services, the preservation of nature
and sustainable climate action.

One of the most detailed examinations of the failures of privatisation and neo-liberalism – a book that delivers both incisive critique and an alternative vision.”  Professor John Spoehr, Pro Vice-Chancellor – Research Impact and Director of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute, Flinders University, Adelaide.

“Dexter Whitfield shows how privatisation damages our public services, increases inequality, undermines public pensions or exacerbates the climate crisis – a highly topical and well-researched book. And most importantly, it shows how things can be done differently.”  Laura Valentukeviciute and Carl Waßmuth, Gemeingut in BürgerInnenhand, Germany.

At a time when there is a growing consensus that free-market fundamentalism needs to be abandoned, Dexter Whitfield sets out how public services can be delivered using different models and for the benefit of all.”  Stewart Smyth, PhD. Director, The Centre for Research into Accounting and Finance in Context (CRAFiC), Sheffield University Management School.

“I strongly recommend this book. His attention to detail is critical to an understanding about the long-term damage of marketisation and provides a clear warning about not adopting ‘ill-thought out approaches’ that could leave public services open to future attacks from privatisation.”  John Burgess, Barnet UNISON Branch Secretary, London.

“For Trade Unionists, Community Activists, Progressive Politicians. This book provides the research, analysis and strategy for resisting privatisation whilst demanding reform and renaissance in Public Services.”  Richard Whyte, Regional Officer, Unite, Scotland.

Further details in Public Ownership and Provision section