By Stealth or by Spotlight: Overcoming Barriers to Municipal Climate Action

How does change happen at the municipal level?  What barriers exist and how can they be overcome?  In this talk Associate Professor Hamin describes existing theories of the barriers to uptake of climate change adaptation (CCA) in municipal governments, and then connects those barriers to alternative approaches to achieving adaptation within municipal organizations.  The alternative approaches are argued to include full-on adaptation planning, a more technically-oriented mainstreaming approach, and a ‘stealth’ approach wherein policies with co-benefits are highlighted without much discussion

Offshore Wind IGERT student presentations

“Innovation and technology flows in renewable energy industries: a research plan”

This presentation will outline a research plan aimed at understanding innovation and technology flows in renewable energy industry development, with emphasis on offshore wind energy, using an innovation systems framework and network analysis approach. The study will provide insights into how innovation networks contribute to the development of RE industries and the diffusion of RE technologies.

"Adiabatic Offshore Compressed Air Energy Storage for Grid Integration of Offshore Wind"

The University of Vermont IGERT Program: Smart Grid: Technology, Human Behavior and Policy”

The University of Vermont IGERT program consists of a partnership between the University of Vermont and Sandia National Laboratories. Our vision is to create a new generation of scholars who can navigate the complex socio-technical terrain required for creating a secure, efficient, and sustainable electric power system for the future.

The International Design Standard for Offshore Wind Turbines: IEC 61400-3

Design standards are central to the process of designing, fabricating and installing offshore wind turbines.  Standards help to ensure that the turbines perform as expected over their design lifetimes.  This talk will discuss the design standard developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission and the ongoing work on the second edition.

Opportunities and Threats to Offshore Wind Development in The Caribbean

The Caribbean is home to a number of island nations that are greatly dependent on the import of fossil fuels for electricity generation.  The high costs associated with electricity generation and unreliable/antiquated production facilities and distribution grids create a considerable hurdle to the economic development of these small island developing states (SIDS).  Offshore wind turbines (and other renewable energy systems) could increase the reliability of electricity production while reducing the overall cost to the consumer.  Nevertheless, threats such as hurricanes, seismic activity, a



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