Chapter

Going with the Wind

Ion Bogdan Vasi

in Winds of Change

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199746927
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827169 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746927.003.0006
Going with the Wind

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This chapter shows that the electricity sector has undergone two transformations since the 1990s. First, small, traditional wind turbine manufacturers have become industrial heavyweights, and traditional power plant manufacturers have recognized that wind turbine manufacturing is big business. Second, new companies specializing in wind‐farm development and operation have emerged, while growing numbers of electric utilities have invested in wind farms. This chapter demonstrates that the environmental movement contributed to these transformations when environmental activists gained control of energy companies and professional societies, criticized the traditional logic of energy production, and offered practical solutions. By becoming entrepreneurs, innovators, advocates, and champions, environmental movement activists and sympathizers made an essential contribution to wind turbine manufacturing. By forming wind turbine cooperatives, founding wind‐farm development companies, and constantly pressuring utility companies to invest in renewable energy, environmental organizations and activists also had a major impact on wind‐farm development.

Keywords: environmental activism; wind turbine manufacturing; wind farms; wind energy entrepreneurs; wind energy champions

Chapter.  20413 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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