Social Acceptance of Wind Energy Projects
2pm – 4pm, Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
Venue: Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4.
This seminar is being organised jointly by SEAI and IEA Wind Task 28 “Social Acceptance of Wind Energy Projects”, to bring international and Irish experts, participating in this research collaboration, before an Irish audience. The coordination of this research collaboration has recently been taken over by an Irish operating agent, Garry Keegan, representing a landmark in Ireland’s engagement in the IEA Wind R,D&D Technology Collaboration Platform. The series of presentations from international and Irish speakers will provide delegates with insights of the leading research on practices that contribute to enhancing acceptance of projects. The adoption of best practices may sustain a societal mandate for planned increases in the contribution of wind energy to electricity supply.
**Note: This seminar is being held concurrently with, and at the same venue as, the annual Irish Wind Energy Conference but is a distinct separate SEAI event. Registration as a delegate for the wind energy conference is not required to attend the seminar.
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1:30 - Registration
2:00 - Introductionto the IEA Wind R,D&D Technology Collaboration Programme
John Mc Cann, SEAI (Vice-Chair, IEA Wind RD&D)
2:10 - Workshop introduction.
Garry Keegan, (Chair) Operating Agent for International Energy Agency Task 28 “Social Acceptance of Wind Energy Projects
2.20 - Presentation 1: Wind2050, focus on Ownership Models and Community Engagement.
Dr. Kristian Borch, Assistant Professor and Head of Wind2050.dk, Technical University of Denmark, Department of Wind Energy.
Tom Cronin, Senior Advisor, DTU Wind Energy, Technical University of Denmark, Department of Wind Energy.
2.35 - Presentation 2: Recent Research Findings on Public Preferences for Community Consultation, and What Influences the Probability of Wind Farm Planning Approval.
Dr. Thomas M Van Rensburg, School of Business & Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway.
Noreen Brennan, PhD Candidate, National University of Ireland, Galway.
2:50 - Presentation 3: Wise Power Project - Fostering Social Acceptance for Wind Power, Identifying the Most Efficient Innovative Financing Mechanisms that could allow Communities to Participate in Wind Energy Projects.
Mihaela Dragan, Environment and Planning Analyst, Wind Europe.
3:05 - Presentation 4: Challenges of sharing ownership and siting 'industrial' wind farms in rural areas
Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, University of Exeter.
3:20 - Presentation 5: Research Findings from recently completed National study with a Focus on Public Acceptance of Wind Energy Projects.
Joe Rand, Research Scientist in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California, United States.
Ben Hoen, Research Scientist in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California, United States. (Ben’s attendance yet to be confirmed)
3:35 - Q & A
4pm - Finish