When the wind and sun enter into Fang-yuan:Place Construction of Green Energy as Frontier Dynamics

Authors: Pei-Wen Tsai*, National Taiwan University
Topics: Development, Asia
Keywords: wind power, solar power, frontier dynamics, local practice, place construction
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Capitol Ballroom 4, Hyatt Regency, Fourth Floor
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What kinds of anxiety and struggle will be caused while energy transition practice in the local? Under the goal of sustainable development, many countries have more discussions on Energy Transition. Contemporary Taiwanese governments have identified the development of green energy as a policy priority, such as offshore wind power and solar power. Offshore area of Changhua County become the largest site of offshore wind farms in Taiwan, and large area of clam culture is planning to be covered by solar panels. When a large scale national policy stretch into a small scale local, land-based resources such as renewable energy has already changed local landscapes. The process of breaking and re-constructing previous regulation could be interpreted as frontier dynamics. As an ongoing project, this research will adopt document analysis from mass media, participant observation and semi-structured interview from stakeholders, like fishermen, oyster farmers, clams farmer, local government and renewable energy company. This research tries to figure out that how the discourses of government and renewable energy companies construct the appropriateness to develop offshore wind farms and solar power in Changhua County and how these constructions reflect the imagination of local development. While the space of offshore fishery, intertidal oyster farms, and reclaimed land of culture areas overlapped with the development of renewable energy, the locals then raise their concerns and discourse competing over the so-called global trend. Therefore, this research also tries to figure out the concerns and (un)changing of fishermen, oysters farmers, clams farmer in their daily life.

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