Deliberative speak at the turbine face: community engagement, wind farms, and renewable energy transitions, in Australia

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Title Deliberative speak at the turbine face: community engagement, wind farms, and renewable energy transitions, in Australia
Author Hindmarsh, Richard Alan; Matthews, Catherine Anne
Journal Name Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning
Editor Richard Cowell ; Andrew Flynn
Year Published 2008
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract In late 2007, a new Australian federal government committed to significantly boosting Australia's energy consumption from renewable energy by 2020. With wind farms the most viable technology for such expansion, nothing however was suggested of how to address intense social conflict surrounding wind farm location; a situation provoked by inadequate community involvement in state government approval processes for wind farms. In seeking to redress that democratic deficit, in 2006, the prior federal government proposed a strong participatory National Code for Wind Farms. State governments rejected the proposal as a constraint to wind power and claimed adequate community engagement. In overviewing the debate, we find in favour of the federal government's position, refer to European participatory policy lessons, and find the National Code heavily featuring 'deliberative speak' in an approach suggesting placation of communities instead of its purported one of consensus-building. That informs some tentative suggestions of how to better engender a more socially viable and constructive approach for wind farm, and more broadly, renewable, energy transitions in Australia.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713433817
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15239080802242662
Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 10
Issue Number 3
Page from 217
Page to 232
ISSN 1523-908X
Date Accessioned 2008-09-15
Date Available 2009-03-06T08:28:23Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Other Policy and Political Science
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/21641
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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