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UPEI: March 19 lecture examines lessons in renewable energy

This is a Danish wind farm.
This is a Danish wind farm. - Contributed

The next presentation in the Island Studies Lecture Series will examine lessons in renewable energy from the island of Samsø, Denmark.

Jocelyn Plourde will lecture on his Master of Arts in island studies (MAIS) research on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the faculty lounge of UPEI’s SDU Main Building. All are welcome. Admission to the lecture is free. For information, contact Laurie at or 902-894-2881.

“From Policy to Action” is a research project that delves into the link between public policy and the deployment of renewable energy systems. At the heart of the research is a case study of the Danish island community of Samsø. Also known as the “Renewable Energy Island”, Samsø transitioned away from fossil fuel energy sources to being 100 per cent carbon-neutral in only 10 years.

As part of his presentation, Plourde will discuss the details of Samsø’s transition, the role of public policy in that transition and the lessons that communities like P.E.I. can learn.

Plourde has lived in PE.I. for more than a decade. He lives in Charlottetown and teaches high school math and sciences at École La-Belle-Cloche in Rollo Bay. Plourde obtained his degrees in sciences and in education at the University of Ottawa. His thesis, titled “From Policy to Action–Renewable Energy in Samsø, Denmark,” was written as part of UPEI’s Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program, which he completed in June of 2018.

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