Wind power and power politics : international perspectives


Wind power and power politics : international perspectives

edited by Peter A. Strachan, David Toke & David Lal

(Routledge studies in science, technology, and society, 9)

Routledge, 2012, c2010

  • : pbk

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"First published 2010. First published in paperback 2012"--T.p. verso

Includes bibliographical references and index



The aim of the book is to analyse the factors that have influenced wind power outcomes in a range of countries which have featured significant wind power deployment programmes. A central theme is the relationship between patterns of ownership and the outcomes. These flow from different social environments, but they are associated with different types of planning outcome and deployment rates. Grass roots ownership is more widespread than is commonly thought, although it is not a panacea for effective wind power programmes. Financial policies used to promote wind power also have important influences of the rates of deployment. However, what seems to be most important for wind power deployment is a double coincidence of widespread social support for wind power deployment and effective financial support systems for wind power.


Chapter 1: Assessing National Paterns of Wind Ownership Peter A. Strachan, David Toke & David Lal Chapter 2: Wind Power Outcomes: Myths and Reality Dave Toke Chapter 3: Local Social Acceptance Through Local Involvement: The Case of Wind Power Implementation North Rhine-Westphalia Sylvia Breukers Chapter 4: The Wind Power Market in the Netherlands: Assessing the Performance of Wind Cooperatives Susanne Agterbosch Chapter 5: Corporate Interests and Spanish Wind Power Deployment Valentina Dinica Chapter 6: Wind Energy Policy Development in Ireland: A Critical Analysis Brian P. O Gallachoir, Morgan Bazilian & Eamon J. McKeogh Chapter 7: Assessing the Performance of the UK Renewable Obligation: Cinderella or an Ugly Sister? Afolabi Otitoju, Peter Strachan & David Toke Chapter 8: Gone With the Wind? Prospects of Community Owned Wind Energy in the United States Dennis Tanzler Chapter 9: The Development of Wind Power in the Netherlands and Denmark: The Impact of Different Innovation Strategies and Policies Linda M. Kamp

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