To achieve the goal of energy transition, while also ameliorating the urgent problems of air pollution, carbon emissions, and nuclear power decommissioning, the construction of offshore wind farms is now in full swing in the waters west of Taiwan. Its development involves surveys of the marine environment and conservation of biodiversity, and it affects fishing industries and local development. How this industry founded on foreign technology takes root in Taiwan has become a major, pressing concern. This exercise is based on a fictitious case of a new offshore wind farm project off Changhua’s coast. The scenario is a meeting of an environmental impact assessment task force of the Environmental Protection Administration. Government representatives, Environmental Impact Assessment Committee members, developers, technical experts, stakeholders, and representatives of non-human actors (such as humpback dolphins, commercial fish, migratory birds, and coastal ecosystems) come together to voice their perspectives and negotiate, addressing such controversies as the impact of wind farms on the marine environment, offshore and coastal fisheries; the impact of noise and seabed disturbance on dolphins and fish; the impact of wind turbine operation on migratory birds and coastal ecosystems; and the economic benefits of the wind power industry for the local area. The discussion will pursue a possible consensus and practice placing equal emphasis on ecology, environment, engineering and society. Finally, a public press conference will be held, revealing the conclusions of the negotiation and inviting actual wind power developers, fishing group representatives, environmental reporters and NGOs to ask questions.
Ph.D. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of Michigan, USA; Associate Professor, Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology; Chairperson, Taiwan STS Association; Underwater Cultural Heritage Committee member, Ministry of Culture. She researches and promotes connections between the public and engineering, with special attention to citizen science, science communication, and engineering knowledge construction. Previous research includes analyzing perceptions and responses regarding pollution emissions between petrochemical plants and fence-line communities; the public nature of technical governance and forensic scientific evidence argumentation in the Kaohsiung propene explosion. She has participated in the production of “Open the S Files,” winner of the Golden Bell Award for Natural Science Documentary Program.
PhD from the Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, U.K. Currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica. He focuses on the authority of public rationality demonstrated by scientific knowledge in the policy-making process, as well as the cumulative cultural significance conveyed by engineering technological choices. Research projects include electrical engineering dispatching, FITs expert committees, and the localization of photovoltaic installations. Recently, his research interest has turned to the challenges to humanity studies and social sciences brought by Anthropocene science