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Making Things Valuable$
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Martin Kornberger, Lise Justesen, Jan Mouritsen, and Anders Koed Madsen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198712282

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712282.001.0001

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Valuable Assemblages—Or Assembling Values

Valuable Assemblages—Or Assembling Values

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(p.126) 6 Valuable Assemblages—Or Assembling Values
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Making Things Valuable
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Trine Pallesen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712282.003.0007

The chapter follows the adoption of an administered price, a feed-in tariff, for wind power in France in 2000. Valuation in the case of the feed-in tariff unfolds around activities of knitting together distinct assemblages including entities such as competing energy technologies, electricity system management, calculations of ‘fair’ profitability, etc. A critical aspect of these assemblages is questioning the commensurability of wind power and nuclear power, their prices and profits. At the centre of these controversies, the feed-in tariff becomes more than a simple instrument for bridging political objectives with the order of market exchange; and qualifications of the governance instrument are entirely entangled with the construction of value for wind power.

Keywords:   valuation, assemblage, qualification, price, feed-in tariff, electricity, wind power

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