Electrical energy generation and strategic land use planning: applications for Haida Gwaii

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Author: Benoit, Ian
This study evaluates multiple collaborative land use planning processes aimed at engaging stakeholders in developing management objectives for clean electrical energy supply generation in the Haida Gwaii Land Use Planning Area. A survey methodology designed to qualitatively assess stakeholders’ satisfaction with land use planning processes and outcomes in British Columbia was applied in Haida Gwaii. The study uses the results to estimate stakeholder approval of alternative processes in order to identify the most acceptable approach to produce new management objectives aimed at promoting clean energy project development. Potential management objectives directing such resource developments are evaluated with an assessment of technical attributes of specific energy projects. These technical attributes examined are, output potential, cost efficiency, ecological impact, and socio-economic impact. The study concludes by recommending a collaborative planning process involving a comprehensive stakeholder driven land use planning forum, overseen by the Haida Gwaii Management Council. The study further recommends targeted outputs of clean energy generated from small hydroelectricity installations and onshore wind turbines as potential management objectives to be considered in the proposed planning process.
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