Community Benefit Agreements for Wind Farm Siting in Context

LeRoy C. Paddock and Max Greenblum

in Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Energy and Resource Activity

Published in print March 2016 | ISBN: 9780198767954
Published online June 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191821783 | DOI:
Community Benefit Agreements for Wind Farm Siting in Context

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This chapter discusses the problems of obtaining community support and consent for wind farm development. Wind energy production has dramatically increased in the United States since the turn of the century, yet as wind towers become a prominent feature of the landscape, so too have controversies proliferated regarding the construction of these. Despite the myriad positive effects of wind energy production, wind energy facilities can have significant adverse impacts that include impacts on local communities (noise, tranquility, aesthetics), and the wider community (threats to birds, aesthetics). As such, these facilities often face local opposition, or NIMBY (‘not in my back yard’)-style resistance. Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs), however, can play a role in mitigating these negative impacts, especially those that land use authorities do not or cannot address.

Keywords: wind energy; wind tower siting; Community Benefits Agreements; CBA; land use; wind farm development

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Subjects: Environment and Energy Law

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