Amanda Boyd recently had a paper accepted to The Journal of Rural and Community Development. She also secured a grant through the WSU Energy Systems Innovation Center. Below are descriptions of her recently accepted paper and grant.

 

Boyd, A.D. and Paveglio, T. B. (2015). “Placing” Energy Development in a Local Context: Exploring the Origins of Rural Community Perspectives. The Journal of Rural and Community Development. 10(2): 1-20.

Abstract: There is a growing need for sustainable energy development to meet domestic and international demand for electricity and fuel generation. A critical component in energy systems development is support from the public, particularly the acceptance of these technologies among local populations. The goal of this study is to examine how locally affected populations view energy developments, especially with regard to community and place (ties to the area and local relationships). In-depth, face-to-face interviews and community observation were employed to better understand how residents in a rural Canadian community perceive of potential energy development in their locale. Our findings demonstrate that the unique combinations of local characteristics across rural communities are likely to have a bearing on the support for or opposition to energy development in those areas. Residents’ perceptions of energy systems are influenced by the intersection of local values, community relationships and place attachment. We present a framework of the intersecting factors that influenced community perceptions in the study location and discuss how the framework can be used to better anticipate and understand the origins of rural community perspectives of energy development.

Grant: Public Perceptions of Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Technologies (PIs Amanda Boyd, The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and Ali Mehrizi-Sani, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences). WSU Energy Systems Innovation Center, $10,000, 7/1/2015–5/31/2016

The objective of this research is to examine perceptions of smart grid technology. Understanding perceptions of smart grid technology will enable us to determine: (1) if a particular technology is likely to be opposed or supported; (2) how this can influence the design of the technology; (3) the communication strategies needed to provide more effective and targeted messaging to local residents. Furthermore, we will examine how public perceptions of these technologies can factor into policy development around smart grid technology.