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13 December 2023

Renewable Energy Projects: the NIMBY effect


PhD candidate Helena Schmidt at the "Engineering with Rosie" channel

At the end of September, the PhD candidate Helena Schmidt participated in an episode of “Engineering with Rosie“, a youtube channel that focuses on renewable energy engineering and other technologies that are part of the clean energy transition.

Created by Dr. Rosemary Barnes, the channel recently featured Professor Roland Schmehl from TU-DELFT, one of MERIDIONAL’s partners. If you missed it you can find it here!

Main topics of the episode were the Not-in-my-backyard (NIMBY) effect and the community engagement in the renewable energy field.
As Helena Schmidt explained, the NIMBY effect refers to an individual opposes a renewable energy infrastructure when this is too close to their living environment or to their home.
While this effect has not being proven by the scientific community, the professor underlines that the majority of people actually supports renewable energies at a general level.

Do you want to learn more about the NIMBY effect and what are the best practices for community engagement? Watch the episode here!

PhD candidate Helena Schmidt collaborates in MERIDIONAL’s sister project, JustWind4All, which focuses on the social aspects of wind energy.


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