The power to change: A brief survey of the wind power’s technological and societal potential, barriers to use, and ways forward

Kopnina, Helen (2020) The power to change: A brief survey of the wind power’s technological and societal potential, barriers to use, and ways forward. Visions for Sustainability, 2020 (13). pp. 44-57. ISSN 2384-8677

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With the effects of climate change linked to the use of fossil fuels becoming more noticeable, political establishment and society appear ready for renewable energy. Yet, despite these expectations, fossil fuels still comprise nine-tenths of the global commercial energy supply. In this article, the history, technology, and barriers to acceptance of wind energy will be explored. The central question is why, despite the problems associated with the fossil fuels, more ecologically benign energy is still scarcely used. Having briefly surveyed some literature on the role of political and corporate stakeholders, as well as theories relating to factors responsible for the grassroots’ resistance (“not in my backyard” or NIMBYs) to renewable energy, the findings indicate that motivation for opposition to wind power varies. While the grassroots resistance is often fueled by the mistrust of the government, the governments’ reason for resisting renewable energy can be explained by their history of a close relationship with the industrial partners. This article develops an argument that understanding of various motivations for resistance at different stakeholder levels and understanding the role of democracy in decision-making opens up space for better strategies for a successful energy transition.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate change, Energy transition, NIMBYs, Renewable energy, Wind power
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
H900 Others in Engineering
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
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Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2021 14:13
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 14:15

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