Steel Winds: A Case Study of a Successful Community - Developer Relationship.
Abstract: In recent years renewable energy has become an important segment of the electricity generation landscape. This growth has come at a cost; many proposed renewable energy generation projects have sparked vociferous protest resulting in development moratoria and legal challenges. This thesis follows the growth and deployment of these technologies, with a special focus on New York. A case ... read morestudy of Steel Winds, in western New York, explores how and why that project managed to avoid many of the mistakes and opposition that resulted in siting failures across the state. By interviewing local stakeholders and policy entrepreneurs and performing a detailed records search, this research finds that the Steel Winds project succeeded due in part to the groundwork laid by groups and individuals seeking to transform Buffalo and Lackawanna, NY, into a 'green' silicon valley. Most of the groundwork was laid years before a wind developer expressed interest in the community.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2015.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Ann Rappaport.
Committee: Penn Loh.
Keywords: Urban planning, and Energy.read less