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Onshore Wind Energy: Innovative Approaches to Achieving a Social License for Onshore Wind Energy

This upcoming conference will present a snapshot of the findings on the acceptance of onshore wind energy development in Ireland  from an extensive research project, Co-Wind (Community Engagement in Wind Energy: Innovative approaches to achieving a social license), which gathered primary evidence from citizens living close to wind farms and industry stakeholders. With a strong focus on engagement strategies to achieve a social license for onshore wind energy the findings have wide implications for communities, industry and government stakeholders in Ireland and elsewhere.

When: Friday 17th November 2023 from 11:30am - 1:15pm

Where: Online – Register here


11:30 am: Welcome

11:35 am: Update on OnShore Wind Energy Development, John McCann, SEAI Programme Manager for Wind Energy and Electricity

11:45 am: The Co-wind Project - Overview, Policy Insights, Further Research, Dr. Bernadette Power, Lead Investigator, CUBS

12:00 pm: Social License to Operate & Key Learnings on Engagement, Dr. Ellen O’Connor, CUBS

12:15 pm: Those on the fence: Effectiveness of Benefit Sharing and Co- Investment, Dr. Julia le Maitre, CUBS/SEAI

12:30 pm: Community Ownership and Citizen Participation: What might work? Dr. Gordon Sirr, CUBS

12:45 pm: Q&A: Chair Dr. Geraldine Ryan, CUBS

1:10 pm: Closing remarks

For further information on the event, please contact Dr. Bernadette Power

This project has been funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland under the SEAI Research, Development & Demonstration Funding Programme 2018, Grant number 18/RDD/281

 For further information on the project: Visit

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