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Wind Energy in Vermont: The Benefits and Limitations of Stakeholder Involvement

  • Mary R. EnglishEmail author
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Abstract

Wind energy … what’s not to like about it? With growing concerns about climate change and tightened regulation of conventional air pollutants, the United States is climbing on the wind energy band wagon. Wind and other renewable sources of electricity are being promoted at the federal level through production tax credits and at the state level through renewable portfolio standards. But how do utility-scale wind energy projects play at the local level? Not well. Focusing on a proposed 80-MW project in southwestern Vermont, this chapter examines both the possibilities and the limitations of stakeholder involvement in large-scale wind turbine projects.

Keywords

European Union Wind Turbine Wind Energy Wind Farm Stakeholder Involvement 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

My thanks to Jean Vissering of Jean Vissering Landscape Architecture, Montpelier, Vermont, for her helpful information and advice and to Joanna Burger, the editor of this book, for her excellent editorial suggestions. Thanks also to my husband John Hardwig and to many others – too many to mention here – for thought-provoking discussions over many years about the challenges of stakeholder involvement. The interpretations reported here and the conclusions reached are the sole responsibility of the author.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for a Secure and Sustainable EnvironmentUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

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