ENVS 220 (Environmental Analysis), Spring 2020
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Converting to renewable energy is becoming increasingly important. Not only as the world warms at an alarming rate but also to meet climate change agreement goals. Governments struggle with creating policy that satisfies these goals, aligns with community objections, and limits technological issues. The Republic of Ireland has set aggressive goals in climate agreements but is falling short in its adoption of these goals due to these issues. This project examines how to best implement offshore wind infrastructure while carefully balancing these concerns by analyzing wind speeds over time and surveying local community opinions on wind power to find areas of high consistency wind speed and low community objection, either through low population density or public support. Similarly, highlighting the positive externalities can help minimize NIMBY syndrome. Trends observed in Ireland can be applied to other countries facing similar issues.
Top of hourglass
Framing Question: How can we encourage communities to utilize renewable energy potential?
Middle of hourglass
Focus Question: Which locations are best suited for offshore wind energy production in Ireland, minimizing community disruption?
Bottom of hourglass
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