21 Jun '13, 11am

Wind Development As ‘Sustainable Entrepreneurship’:

Wind Development As ‘Sustainable Entrepreneurship’:

Over a four year period, we witnessed firsthand how an idealistic entrepreneur, Tracy Livingston, and his engineering colleague, Christine Mikell, took on Utah’s utility industry to build the state’s first commercial wind power plant. Their efforts resulted in a small 18.9 megawatt project of nine turbines at the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon in 2008, sufficient to power over 6,000 homes in the community annually (Hartman et al., 2011). Livingston’s company, Wasatch Wind, had to not only convince skeptical utilities, policymakers, and citizens about the viability of wind energy as a cleaner, more sustainable alternative to Utah’s traditional fossil fuels (coal, natural gas), but also demonstrate how the wind farm would create worthwhile local benefits, including local job creation, lease payments to local landowners, and property tax revenues for community services, such as...

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