Exploring community engagement in tidal energy development: Issues and challenges
LE3 .A278 2017
Bachelor of Community Development
Renewable energy development has become increasingly important in Canada over the last decade. The establishment of renewable energy targets to address greenhouse gas emissions has been the primary catalyst for this development. Canada has recently been recognized as a world leader in the production and use of renewable energy (Natural Resources Canada, 2014). Nova Scotia, like many other provinces, has set a renewable energy target. This increased reliance on renewable energy, and tidal energy, has called for the industry to practice community engagement. Community engagement though, has many issues and challenges to be considered. The purpose of this research is to better understand key issues and challenges in stakeholder and community engagement in relation to tidal energy development in Nova Scotia. Qualitative research in the form of in-depth, semi-structured interviews with Nova Scotia tidal energy industry professionals explored key issues in stakeholder and community engagement. Results provide insights into key issues in four thematic areas that include role of government, exploring community benefits, First Nations and stakeholders, and engagement principles and practices.
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