CSUS Brown Bag Seminar

January 27, 2023 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Natural Resources Building, Room 338

Join the CSUS department for their brown bag seminar series where faculty share about their latest scholarship and research. The seminar will be held in person in Natural Resources Building, Room 338 and online at:
Meeting ID: 977 1523 2159
Passcode: CSUS

January 27th features Dr. Doug Bessette's talk entitled "Renewable Energy Siting, Development & Justice."

Seminar abstract:
Most agree that to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 and avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we need to dramatically increase development of renewable energy systems. The majority of these systems, both in the US and abroad, are likely to be large-scale wind and solar farms. The development of these systems has already significantly impacted rural communities and landscapes. In this talk I will discuss what continued development of large-scale wind and solar energy systems may look like here in the US. Where will these systems be sited, and to what extent will the communities that host them be consulted, ignored or given control of their development? To whom and how will the costs and benefits be distributed? Do specific designs and development processes increase or erode support for projects? What does such a transition mean for rural values, the rural-urban divide, and an increasingly partisan and polarized citizenry? To help answer these questions, I will draw on 53 interviews conducted in 2022 at numerous large-scale solar projects across the US, work funded by the US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, as well as previous work investigating opposition to wind and solar development here in Michigan.

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