Can the "social licence to operate" concept enhance engagement and increase acceptance of renewable energy? A case study of wind farms in Australia

Hall, Nina Lansbury (2014) Can the "social licence to operate" concept enhance engagement and increase acceptance of renewable energy? A case study of wind farms in Australia. Social Epistemology, 28 3-4: 219-238. doi:10.1080/02691728.2014.922636


Author Hall, Nina Lansbury
Title Can the "social licence to operate" concept enhance engagement and increase acceptance of renewable energy? A case study of wind farms in Australia
Journal name Social Epistemology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1464-5297
0269-1728
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02691728.2014.922636
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 28
Issue 3-4
Start page 219
End page 238
Total pages 20
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Social licence to operate (SLO) is the ongoing acceptance or approval for a development that is granted by the local community and other stakeholders. From the current media and political attention on Australian wind farms, it appears that many specific wind farms, or indeed the industry as a whole, may not hold an SLO with affected stakeholders. This research was undertaken to examine whether the SLO might be a useful framework to enhance engagement and increase societal understanding of wind farms. Twenty-seven interviews across nine wind farms were conducted with stakeholders representing wind companies, local government authorities, local opposition, local support and turbine hosts. The interviews revealed a complexity of concerns that informed the stakeholders' perspectives, including "game-changing" issues that may stand to significantly increase wind farm acceptance. The results are presented with practical steps towards the development of a preliminary working model of an SLO for Australian wind farms that addresses identified concerns. The emerging concept of SLO appears to provide a useful framework for wind farm developers to incorporate an improved model of consultation that engages local communities in ways that could enhance transparency and local support, and complement formal regulatory processes. © 2014
Keyword Renewable energy
Social licence to operate
Technology acceptance
Wind farms
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Global Change Institute Publications
 
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