This chapter is an introduction to Part V of the Routledge Handbook of Energy Democracy. Part V tackles the tensions that exist across a landscape of energy resources and their respective technologies, including nuclear power, hydraulic fracturing for shale gas extraction, large-scale hydropower, and wind and solar power. Case studies in the section come from Eastern Europe, the United States, and Latin America. This chapter explores the importance of resisting the status quo in how energy systems engage in democratic practice.