Urban wind power and the private sector : community benefits, social acceptance and public engagement

Evans, Bob, Parks, Judith and Theobald, Kate (2011) Urban wind power and the private sector : community benefits, social acceptance and public engagement. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 54 (2). pp. 227-244. ISSN 0964-0568

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2010.505829

Abstract

Given the ambitious government targets for renewable energy generation in the UK, there has been a push by government and industry towards various types and scales of Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs). This paper explores the implications of commercial urban wind projects for local communities, drawing on a case study of proposals by ASDA to construct wind turbines in two semi-urban locations in the UK. The paper argues that community responses to the proposals were complex and varied and could not adequately be encapsulated by 'nimby' (not in my back yard) assignations. It concludes that while ASDA followed a process of consulting local people, this process highlighted the problems of the 'business as usual' approach to public engagement employed by ASDA, and assumptions made about public acceptance of RETs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: renewable energy, commercial urban wind, public engagement, public perceptions, social acceptance
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2010 12:26
Last Modified: 20 May 2017 17:35
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1692

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