Wind Power and Public Engagement: Co-operatives and Community Ownership, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Wind Power and Public Engagement

Co-operatives and Community Ownership, 1st Edition

By Giuseppe Pellegrini-Masini


232 pages | 42 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138589100
pub: 2020-06-02
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Adopting an interdisciplinary social science approach, this book examines community reactions to wind farms to form a new understanding of what facilitates social acceptance.

Based on empirical research, this book investigates opposition to wind energy and considers the advantages and the limits of co-operative schemes for wind farm community ownership. Giuseppe Pellegrini-Masini compares the role of co-operative schemes with community benefits schemes in increasing acceptability, and also sheds light on the impact of social factors including pro-environmental attitudes, perceived benefits and costs, place attachment, trust, as well as individual resources such as information and income. Five research cases are investigated in England and Scotland, including the first locally community-owned wind farm co-operative in the UK. Critically reviewing existing social research theories, this book offers a new viewpoint, integrating rational choice and environmental attitudinal theories, from which to assess and understand social acceptability of wind energy, and highlights new opportunities for raising consensus in communities towards locally proposed wind farms.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of renewable energy, energy policy, environmental sociology, environmental psychology, environmental planning and sustainability in general, as well as policymakers.

Table of Contents


By Christian A. Klöckner


  1. Citizens and Renewable Energy: Determinants of Civic Engagement
  2. Wind Energy Acceptability, What, How and When: All the Variables at Stake
  3. Testing the Theory: Methods and Data Collection
  4. The First Community-Owned Co-Operative in the UK: Lessons from Westmill Wind Farm
  5. A Survey of Four Scottish Proposed Wind Farms
  6. A Theory of Social Acceptability of Wind Warms: Finding a Place for the Co-operative Scheme


About the Author

Giuseppe Pellegrini-Masini is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, and a Research Affiliate in the Research Area in Public Ethics at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy. He holds a PhD from the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University, Scotland

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Routledge Studies in Energy Policy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable