Developing the UK’s offshore wind energy industry through community engagement and stakeholder acceptance

Jackson, William (2015) Developing the UK’s offshore wind energy industry through community engagement and stakeholder acceptance. BEng dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This individual research project aimed to increase the UK’s development of offshore wind energy through community engagement and stakeholder acceptance. The research focused specifically on the UK’s stance on renewable energy, the issues facing the development of the industry, and, the activities and incentives used to encourage engagement and increase acceptance. The proposed Navitus Bay project was used a case study so that views of stakeholders within the region could be investigated and recommendations could be constructed for future works.

    The target audience for the research was five stakeholder groups. Coastal residents, coastal businesses, divers, environmentalists and mariners (commercial and recreational). The research method used in this study was an online survey.

    The analysis of both primary and secondary data resulted in critical recommendations being made for the developers to successfully encourage engagement and increase acceptance among various stakeholders. It was determined that different stakeholder groups had different concerning issues about offshore wind energy and that more information concerning the development of offshore wind farms is required. Furthermore, mitigation techniques were identified and would be well received by affected stakeholders. The use of an open online forum on a projects website was found to best encourage engagement among stakeholders and that most would accept an offshore wind project if some kind of financial compensation was offered. However, it is important to note that the mariners (commercial and recreational) stakeholder group had the most all out rejections of offshore wind projects, no matter what activities or incentives were on offer.

    After all the analysis, discussion and recommendations it was apparent that the majority of stakeholders were in favour of offshore wind energy and that with the implementation of certain activities and incentives this positive stance would increase. However, there are still areas such as NIMBYism and mariner acceptance which need to be further researched and addressed in order for the UK’s offshore wind energy industry to be fully developed without major opposition.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Alice Bentley
    Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2015 15:18
    Last Modified: 23 Jul 2015 15:18

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