Social acceptance of renewable energy supply

Social acceptance is a constraining factor in increasing the share of renewable energy in the future energy supply mix (Wustenhagen, Wolsink & Burger, 2007). The proposed study will reconceptualize the social acceptance of renewable energy in terms of the necessary legitimacy of social dissensus in democratic societies (Batel, 2020) by comparing EPCOR’s solar farm decision processes with those of other community installations in Edmonton. The study will evaluate the relevance of renewable energy commons frameworks for Edmonton.