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Wind Energy in Ireland: Building Community Engagement and Social Support (139)

Climate Change, Others, Social Policies
Drawing on commissioned research—which looked at Germany, Denmark and Scotland—NESC points to three components for building social support which need to be integrated at a national policy-level: (1) a national transition process that facilitates and guides society-wide efforts to transform energy systems away from fossil fuels; (2) effective public participation which helps to shape and share the local value that wind energy projects generate; and (3) the key role of intermediary actors and enabling organisations which support the problem-solving, entrepreneurialism and buy-in needed to drive renewable energy projects that serve the economic and social development of an entire local community.