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The Muillean Gaoithe and the Melin Wynt: Cultural sustainability and community owned wind energy schemes in Gaelic and Welsh communities in the United Kingdom.

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JournalEnergy Research and Social Science
DateAccepted/In press - 15 May 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 22 May 2017
DatePublished (current) - 29 Jul 2017
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)103–112
Early online date22/05/17
Original languageEnglish


There is a shortage of scholarly research into understanding the cultural values, drivers and outcomes of community renewable developments. This paper contributes towards addressing this gap, by comparing four community renewable projects set in Scottish Gaelic speaking Scotland and in Welsh speaking Wales. Not only do cultural values drive the developments of these community energy projects, but evidence gathered here through qualitative interviews show that these communities aim to contribute towards the long term cultural sustainability of their respective areas. This research paper focuses on how community wind energy projects in Scotland and Wales have contributed towards the retention of cultural attributes, particularly language retention and revitalisation. It also contributes to a deeper understanding of the cultural reasons why historically indigenous communities are turning towards the renewable energy sector (and developing their own local projects) as a way to help achieve cultural sustainability through economic development.

    Research areas

  • Community Renewables, Community Energy Project, Cultural Sustainability, Language, Heritage, Wales, Scotland


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