01 Aug '11, 2pm

When it comes to wind farms, local ownership can make difference between full-scale acceptance and outright rejection.

Image credit: Jeff Kubina , used under Creative Commons license. Sometimes there is a fine line between the insightful and the just plain obvious. We've said before that community-ownership of wind power can be a great way to reduce NIMBYism and increase support for renewables. We've even seen some towns take matters into their own hands—demanding that developers build extra turbines and sell them to the community . It turns out that the assumption that ownership reduces opposition is true—and dramatically so. In fact, research coming out of Europe suggests that local ownership can make the difference between full-scale acceptance and outright rejection. Energy Self-reliant States reports the not completely sur[rising news that ownership and money can be a cure for NIMBYism . Citing research out of Germany, John Farrell reports that while the media often focuses on the des...

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