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Sustainability 2016, 8(8), 713;

Wind Power Deployment: The Role of Public Participation in the Decision-Making Process in Ontario, Canada

Yeates School of Graduate Studies, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3, Canada
Entrepreneurship & Strategy, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, 575 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5G 2C5, Canada
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Academic Editor: Kannan Govindan
Received: 3 May 2016 / Revised: 28 June 2016 / Accepted: 15 July 2016 / Published: 26 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue How Better Decision-Making Helps to Improve Sustainability - Part II)
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A wider use of renewable energy is emerging as a viable solution to meet the increasing demand for global energy while contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. However, current literature on renewable energy, particularly on wind power, highlights the social barriers and public opposition to renewable energy investment. One solution to overcome the public opposition, which is recommended by scholars, is to deploy a collaborative approach. Relatively little research has specifically focused on the role of effective communication and the use of a knowledge-broker in collaborative decision-making. This study attempts to fill this gap through the proposition of a participatory framework that highlights the role of the knowledge-broker in a wind project decision-making process. In this paper, five illustrative wind projects in Ontario are used to highlight the current situation with public participation and to address how the proposed framework could have improved the process. Based on the recommended collaborative framework, perception must shift from the dominant view of the public as “a risk to be managed” towards “a resource that can be tapped”. The developers need to improve sharing what they know and foster co-learning around questions and concerns. View Full-Text
Keywords: collaborative approach; knowledge-broker; wind energy; participatory framework collaborative approach; knowledge-broker; wind energy; participatory framework

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Jami, A.A.; Walsh, P.R. Wind Power Deployment: The Role of Public Participation in the Decision-Making Process in Ontario, Canada. Sustainability 2016, 8, 713.

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