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Wind power and public engagement, co-operatives and community ownership, Giuseppe Pellegrini-Masini

"Adopting an interdisciplinary social science approach, this book examines community reactions to wind farms to form a new understanding of what facilitates social acceptance. Based on empirical research, this book investigates opposition to wind energy and considers the advantages and the limits of co-operative schemes for wind farm community ownership. Giuseppe Pellegrini-Masini compares the role of co-operative schemes with community benefits schemes in increasing acceptability, and also sheds light on the impact of social factors including pro-environmental attitudes, perceived benefits and costs, place attachment, trust, as well as individual resources such as information and income. Five research cases are investigated in England and Scotland, including the first locally community-owned wind farm co-operative in the UK. Critically reviewing existing social research theories, this book offers a new viewpoint, integrating rational choice and environmental attitudinal theories, from which to assess and understand social acceptability of wind energy, and highlights new opportunities for raising consensus in communities towards locally proposed wind farms. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of renewable energy, energy policy, environmental sociology, environmental psychology, environmental planning and sustainability in general, as well as policymakers"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Foreword / by Christian A. Klöckner -- Citizens and renewable energy : determinants of civic engagement -- Wind energy acceptability : what, how and when : all the variables at stake -- Testing the theory : methods and data collection -- The first community-owned co-operative in the UK : lessons from Westmill wind farm -- A survey of four Scottish proposed wind farms -- A theory of social acceptability of wind farms : finding a place for the cooperative model
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (xv, 234 pages)
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