Wind Energy Siting in Harney and Crook Counties, Oregon Public Deposited

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  • Concerns over climate change and energy security have spurred governments worldwide to encourage the development of renewable energy. Although public attitudes and macro-politics, in general, show moderate to strong support for renewables- in particular, wind power- largely because of the economic and environmental benefits associated with it. However, local politics and public mobilization in regard to wind energy facility siting at a community level is not always favorable. So, understanding the site-specific factors that motivate people to mobilize against wind energy facility siting is crucial for future planning and decision making of a successful wind energy scheme. In particular, the state of Oregon is aggressively expanding the RPS to increase the share of renewables in their energy mix. That makes it even more important to understand the factors and processes of mobilization against wind facility siting because such mobilization and controversy might act as a barrier to reach the target set by State of Oregon. In this regard, I conducted a qualitative study on wind energy facility siting issues in two central Oregon counties: Harney and Crook, using framework on place attachment. The findings of this study suggests that high level of threat to place, fueled by loss of trust in developers motivated active opposition in Harney County while early engagement and tactics designed to involve oppositional group in decision-making led to no active opposition by any group in case of the West Butte project in Crook County.
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