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Linking Renewable Energy to Rural Development

  • ID: 2298272
  • October 2012
  • 348 Pages
  • OECD Publishing

In many OECD countries, governments have invested large amounts of public money to support renewable energy (RE) development and are requiring significant quantities of it to be sold by energy providers.

But what are the economic impacts of these policies on the rural regions where deployment takes place?

How can RE bring the greatest benefit to host regions?

These are some of the questions explored by this study. Drawing on case studies in 16 regions within 10 countries, the research finds that while RE indeed represents an opportunity for stimulating economic growth in rural communities, its development benefits are not automatic. Realising them requires a complex and flexible policy framework and a long-term strategy, as well as a realistic appreciation of the potential gains from RE deployment.

Making a positive connection between RE development and local economic growth will require more coherent strategies, the right set of local conditions, and a place-based approach to deployment.

Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
PART I. SYNTHESIS AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS Introduction

-What are the goals of this report?
How is the report structured?

Chapter 1. Trends in global renewable energy markets and national policies

-The boom in global renewable energy
-Can renewable energy compete with conventional energy?
-The outlook for renewable energy
The policy drivers of renewable energy -Bibliography

Chapter 2. Overcoming the barriers to renewable -energy deployment

-Economic barriers
-Other structural barriers to renewable energy deployment
-Getting the policy mix right nationally and regionally
-Bibliography

Chapter 3. Renewable energy and rural development: Making the link

-The nature of renewable energy investment in rural areas
-The impact of renewable energy on rural development
-Bibliography

Chapter 4. The challenges of linking renewable energy to rural development

-Harmonising the drivers of renewable energy deployment
-Balancing the pace of deployment with regional capacity
-Dependence on the public sector
-Competition with other land-based rural industries
-The mismatch between renewable energy and transmission infrastructure policy
-Assessing the impacts of renewable energy policy on regional economies
-Avoiding public opposition
-Bibliography

Chapter 5. Putting renewable energy to work in rural areas

-Developing a “place-based” approach that combines renewable energy with rural development
-Replacing uniform national renewable energy targets with a more tailored approach
-Recognising the spillover effects of narrowly-defined renewable energy policies
-Promoting linkages between renewable energy and rural industries
-Using inclusive governance to ensure sustainable rural development and public acceptance
-Conclusion: Policies to ensure that renewable energy deployment benefits rural areas
-Bibliography

PART II. CASE STUDIES

-Overview
-The international research network and the outline of case studies

Chapter 6. Prince Edward Island, Canada

-The context
-Renewable energy policy on Prince Edward Island: Objectives, opportunities and challenges
-Assessment of policy impacts on rural development
-Main challenges
-Bibliography

Chapter 7. Québec, Canada

-The context
-Renewable energy policy in Québec: Objectives, opportunities and challenges
-Assessment of policy impacts on rural development
-Main challenges
-Bibliography

Chapter 8. Region Zealand, Denmark

-The context
-Renewable energy policy in Region Zealand: Objectives, opportunities and challenges
-Assessment of policy impacts on rural development
-Main challenges
-Bibliography

Chapter 9. North Karelia, Finland

-The context
-Renewable energy policy in North Karelia: Objectives, opportunities and challenges
-Assessment of policy impacts on rural development
-Main challenges
-Bibliography

Chapter 10. Abruzzo, Italy

-The context
-Renewable energy policy in Abruzzo: Objectives, opportunities and challenges
-Assessment of policy impacts on rural development
-Main challenges
-Bibliography

Chapter 11. Puglia, Italy

-The context
-Renewable energy policy in Puglia: Objectives, opportunities and challenges
-Assessment of policy impacts on rural development
-Main challenges
-Bibliography

Chapter 12. Friesland, The Netherlands

-The context
-Renewable energy policy in Friesland: Objectives, opportunities and challenges
-Assessment of policy impacts on rural development
-Main challenges
-Bibliography

Chapter 13. Troms County, Norway

-The context
-Renewable energy policy in Troms County: Objectives, opportunities and challenges
-Assessment of policy impacts on rural development
-Main challenges
-Bibliography

Chapter 14. Extremadura, Spain

-The context
-Renewable energy policy in Extremadura: Objectives, opportunities and challenges
-Assessment of policy impacts on rural development
-Main challenges
-Bibliography

Chapter 15. Middle Norrland, Sweden

-The context
-Renewable energy policy in Middle Norrland: Objectives, opportunities and challenges
-Assessment of policy impacts on rural development
-Main challenges
-Bibliography

Chapter 16. Scotland, United Kingdom

-The context
Renewable energy policy in Scotland: Objectives, opportunities and challenges
-Assessment of policy impacts on rural development
-Main challenges
-Bibliography

Chapter 17. Iowa, United States

-The context
-Renewable energy policy in Iowa: Objectives, opportunities and challenges
-Assessment of policy impacts on rural development
-Main challenges
-Bibliography

Chapter 18. Maine and Vermont, United States

-The context
-Renewable energy policy in Maine and Vermont: Objectives, opportunities and challenges
-Assessment of policy impacts on rural development
-Main challenges
-Bibliography

Chapter 19. Wallowa County, Oregon, United States

-The context
-Renewable energy policy in Wallowa County, Oregon: Objectives, opportunities and challenges
-Assessment of policy impacts on rural development
-Main challenges
-Bibliography

Chapter 20. Tennessee, United States

-The context
-Renewable energy policy in Tennessee: Objectives, opportunities and challenges
-Assessment of policy impacts on rural development
-Main challenges
-Bibliography

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