Naturressurslunsj: "Community benefits and renewable energy projects: the case of offshore wind in the North Sea”
Ignacio Herrera Anchustegui, Universitetet i Bergen innleder
On the topic:
Renewable energy projects bring about benefits to society as a whole, yet they affect citizens living in their vicinity. Negative externalities associated with renewable energy projects, such as noise or visual impact, cause local resistance to them. Community benefits bring about an element of distributive justice to these affected citizens and their communities as a form of compensation vis-à-vis these negative effects.
In this talk, Ignacio Herrera Anchustegui will analyze the role, nature and modalities of community benefits regarding offshore wind projects in the North Sea. His research shows how different countries adopt diverse approaches in a varied regulatory landscape, and how new technological renewable energy solutions influence the types of benefits granted as well as their scope and extent. A conclusion from the study is that even if offshore wind farms are located further offshore community benefits are still awarded by project developers and states as elements of energy justice and, recognition of citizens’ rights and expectations.
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