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US: ‘Not in my backyard, not in my sea’ – What offshore wind can learn from missteps in other industries

Securing community acceptance is a business-critical task, according to a new report on potential costly effects that public opposition to building offshore wind infrastructure could have on projects, looking at the experiences from other renewable energy industries in the United States.

And while stakeholder and community feedback are a developer’s must-have, the developers seem not to be overly invested in ensuring public engagement is more than well set. At the same time, project opponents are advancing and utilising new ways to organise, share and widen the circle.

“NIMBY campaigns are professionalizing. They are getting more sophisticated and effective, they are being supported by professional organizers, they have secured funding by incumbent sectors, and they connect through online resources”, the report, recently published by the U.S. clean energy communications company Tigercomm, states.

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