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ENERGIX-Stort program energi

Not in my nature? The controversies and politics of environmentalism and public planning in localising wind farms

Awarded: NOK 1.2 mill.

The project aims to analyse how environmental controversies presently are managed in the policy and planning processes that the energy companies are involved in. These problems are not inherent to wind power as such, but are probably a feature of the pres ent strategy for wind power development. The project will scrutinize these strategies critically by pursuing two approaches. First, the project maps some of the ongoing controversies, to study how conflicting concerns evolve and why they are not resolved. Second, the project will compare these challenges with those that may be observed from experiences from other countries where wind turbines are far more frequent, like Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and Scotland. In spite of some obvious differences betwee n the different national energy systems, the project may be able to learn from the social processes involved. In order to do so, the project aims to make visible the understandings among the different actors in these controversies and how they come to se e some solutions, be the economical or political, as more preferable and suitable than others. What kinds of strategies of actions do the various actors perceive, and on what conditions may theybe combined?

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ENERGIX-Stort program energi