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Voorbeeldprojecten van draagvlak bevordering bij duurzame energie projecten. Een analyse van methoden en technieken, en van voorbeelden van geslaagde burgerparticipatie op eilanden en in kleine gemeenschappen.
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ECN Policy Studies 26-4-2007
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-E--07-033 ECN publication
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The Dutch island of Texel aims to have a completely sustainable energy system in the year 2030. To achieve this transition multiple projects must be undertaken. A critical issue is to promote societal acceptance of individual projects as well as the whole transition by all relevant stakeholders. Participation is one promising instrument in promoting societal acceptance. In this research, three steps are taken to decide which actions should be taken to promote societal acceptance. First, a literature research on participation is carried out to determine the various forms in which participation can be realised. Second, best practices on islands and small communities are investigated regarding the societal acceptance of a transition towards a (partly or completely) renewable community and the social and economic benefits of such a transition. Third, a variety of renewable energy projects are analysed in which various forms of participation were applied. The main conclusion of the research is that participation can certainly promote societal acceptance of a transition towards a sustainable energy system in Texel, and in particular if it enables participants to profit from or learn about social and economic benefits.

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