Conflict and community based renewable energy
Sadler, Jacob Watson
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Electricity is one of the most significant influences on modern society, yet there is criticism concerning the environmental impacts of our electric system. This study is an investigation of environmentally based arguments in a conflict over a proposed wind farm in Ashe County, North Carolina. Specifically this project investigates how the scale of environmental concerns defines the spaces of dependence of those involved and shapes the spaces of engagement which secures them. Further, this project will investigate how a local third party, non-profit organization has affected those spaces of dependence and spaces of engagement while promoting a model for community based renewable energy in the county, following the failure of the original wind farm proposal. This project argues that environmental concerns did indeed define individual’s spaces of dependence and shape the spaces of engagement. Further, it appears that the local non-profit has had an affect on these spaces.