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Conflict and coexistence: lessons learned from coastal community experiences with offshore wind - Alison Bates
What might a just and equitable energy transition look like for coastal communities? In this talk, Alison Bates will share research she has conducted over the last decade on the social acceptance of offshore wind energy, and how conceptualizations of “community” and a “just” energy transition have evolved over that time. She will examine how various stakeholders are (or are not) engaged with offshore wind; identify drivers of support for, and opposition to, offshore wind; and discuss how offshore wind decision-making processes that aim for justice can sometimes undermine or co-opt marginalized communities. She will also share the results of spatial models that incorporate stakeholder value into decision-making, and how these data can inform governmental processes. Finally, she will address recent and ongoing policy developments for floating wind in the Gulf of Maine.

Alison Bates is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Colby College in Maine. Dr. Bates researches social acceptance of renewable energy systems and implements an equity and justice framework to inform decision-making in the energy transition. Her research includes multiple technologies including offshore wind, community solar, post-disaster energy grid resilience, and energy efficiency.

The Sustainable Futures speaker series stimulates interdisciplinary collaboration around issues related to energy, the environment, and society. These lectures are sponsored by the Schatz Energy Research Center, the Environment & Community graduate program, and the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at Humboldt State. All events are free and open to the public, and live captioning is provided for all talks. To request additional support, please contact schatzenergy@humboldt.edu or call 707-826-4345. Visit http://schatzcenter.org/speakers for the full season lineup!

Mar 3, 2022 05:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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