Throughout the world, the threat of climate change is pressing governments to accelerate the deployment of technologies to generate low carbon electricity or heat. But this is frequently leading to controversy, as energy and planning policies are revised to support new energy sources or technologies (e.g. offshore wind, tidal, bioenergy or hydrogen energy) and communities face the prospect of unfamiliar, often large-scale energy technologies being sited near to their homes. Policy makers in many countries face tensions between 'streamlining' planning procedures, engaging with diverse publics to address what is commonly conceived as 'NIMBY' (not in my back yard) opposition, and the need to maintain democratic, participatory values in planning systems. BioenergyConclusions (Devine-Wright, University of Exeter, UK)Future energy scenariosHydrogen energy:Marine energyNuclear and low carbon energyPart 1: Stakeholder and media representations of public engagementPart 2: Case studies of public beliefs and responses Section 1: Conceptual approaches Section 2: Empirical studies of public engagementSolar energy and microgenerationThe book's contributors are leading experts in the UK, Europe, North and South America and Australia drawn from a variety of relevant social science disciplinary perspectives. The book makes a significant contribution to our existing knowledge, as well as providing interested professionals, policymakers and members of the public with a timely overview of the critical issues involved in public engagement with low carbon energy technologies.This volume provides a timely, international review of research on public engagement, in contexts of diverse, innovative energy technologies. Public engagement is conceived broadly - as the interaction between how developers and other key actors engage with publics about energy technologies (including assumptions held about the methods used, such as the provision of financial benefits or the holding of deliberative events), and how individuals and groups engage with energy policies and projects (including indirectly through the media and directly through emotional and behavioural responses) Wind energy.
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chapter 1 Symmetries, expectations, dynamics and contexts: A framework for understanding public engagement with renewable energy projects UK), Kate Burningham (University of Surrey, UK), Noel Cass, Hannah Devine-Wright, Gerda Speller (University of Surrey, UK), John Barton (Loughborough University, UK), Bob Evans (University of Northumbria, UK),Yuko Heath, David Infield (University of Strathclyde, UK), Judith Parks (University of Northumbria, UK) and KateTheobald (University of Northumbria, UK) / Gordon Walker, Patrick Devine-Wright, Julie Barnett (Brunel University, chapter 2 'Planning and persuasion': Public engagement in renewable energy decision-making / Claire Haggett chapter 3 Beyond consensus? Agonism, republicanism and a low carbon future / John Barry chapter 4 Public roles and socio-technical configurations: Diversity in renewable energy deployment in the UK and its implications / Gordon Walker chapter 5 From backyards to places: Public engagement and the emplacement of renewable energy technologies / Patrick Devine-Wright.