Title Governing the Wind Energy Commons
Subtitle Renewable Energy and Community Development
Author Keith A. Taylor
ISBN 9781946684851
List price USD 29.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 180
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher West Virginia University Press (Eurospan Group)
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“This is a groundbreaking work that addresses the potential and limitations of alternative economic models for delivery of a key service: electricity.”

—Cornelia Flora, Iowa State University


Wind energy is often framed as a factor in rural economic development, an element of the emerging “green economy” destined to upset the dominant greenhouse- gas-emitting energy industry and deliver conscious capitalism to host communities. The bulk of wind energy firms, however, are subsidiaries of the same fossil fuel companies that wrought havoc in shale-gas and coal-mining towns from rural Appalachia to the Great Plains. On its own, wind energy development does not automatically translate into community development.

In Governing the Wind Energy Commons, Keith Taylor asks whether revenue generated by wind power can be put to community well-being rather than corporate profit. He looks to the promising example of rural electric cooperatives, owned and governed by the 42 million Americans they serve, which generate $40 billion in annual revenue. Through case studies of a North Dakota wind energy cooperative and an investor-owned wind farm in Illinois, Taylor examines how regulatory and social forces are shaping this emerging energy sector. He draws on interviews with local residents to assess strategies for tipping the balance of power away from absentee-owned utilities.




Chapter One. Community Development and Institutional Fit

Chapter Two. Case Study—The Investor-Owned Wind Farm

Chapter Three. Case Study—The Cooperative-Owned Wind Farm

Chapter Four. Comparing Investor- and Cooperative-Owned Firms

Chapter Five. Why Not Policy from Below?





About the Author:

Keith A. Taylor is community economic development specialist faculty in the department of human ecology at the University of California, Davis. He holds a PhD in human and community development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Target Audience:

The book is useful for people interested in economic development caused by renewable energy resources like wind energy.


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