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Tidal energy is a renewable energy source that could be used to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and help meet renewable energy goals set by governments. The technology needed to extract this energy is in the early stages of development and views towards this technology and energy source are not well understood. In this talk, I will discuss current research on the human dimensions of tidal energy technology and development, with an in-depth look at acceptability, support, and perceptions of tidal energy in Washington state. I will also briefly describe other related work from my research team investigating illingness to pay for tidal energy research and development, as well as two case studies. One case study explores lessons learned from tidal energy pilot projects in WA and the UK, and the other explores rural/urban differences in views towards tidal energy in AK and WA.
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue: Coor 5536, ASU Tempe
Please RSVP here by Wednesday, 3/15.
About the Speaker: Stacia Dreyer is an Assistant Research Scientist in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University and a Research Associate in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington. Stacia is an environmental social scientist broadly interested in the human dimensions of environmental issues. She was trained as an interdisciplinary scholar earning her PhD in Environmental Psychology and Behavioral Economics with the Sustainability Solutions Initiative at the University of Maine. She works on projects related to the human dimensions of marine renewable energy focusing on tidal energy, and perceptions of climate change mitigation, such as policy and technology.