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Life in Anticipation of Wind Power Development: Three Cases from Coastal Norway

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Department of Technology and Safety, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, 9037 Tromsø, Norway
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Department of Media and Social Sciences, University of Stavanger (UiS), 4036 Stavanger, Norway
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Sustainability 2020, 12(24), 10666; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410666
Received: 10 December 2020 / Revised: 15 December 2020 / Accepted: 18 December 2020 / Published: 21 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Social Ecology and Sustainability)
Wind power development, whilst welcomed by many as a potentially green source of energy, also gives rise to considerable local resistance. Drawing on three case studies from coastal Norway (Frøya, Haramsøy, and Egersund), the present article sets out to reflect on life in anticipation of wind power development. Reflecting on the nature of life in anticipation of undesired wind power developments, with implications for how life is lived in dread of imminent adversities in general (such as climate change, pandemics, and disaster risks), these case studies focus on how communities relate to the future and how they perceive and strive to organise so as to shape outcomes. A central point raised in this article is that wind power projects could become more socially, environmentally and economically sustainable if greater attention is paid to working with communities to reduce distrust and uncertainties before, during and after such projects. Hence, relational work carried out that may shape the affective state of anticipation prior to and during wind farm construction can be understood as crucial to the sustainability of large-scale green infrastructure projects. View Full-Text
Keywords: renewable energy; climate change; adaption; mitigation; political ecology; community; resistance; NIMBY renewable energy; climate change; adaption; mitigation; political ecology; community; resistance; NIMBY
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Staupe-Delgado, R.; Coombes, P.R. Life in Anticipation of Wind Power Development: Three Cases from Coastal Norway. Sustainability 2020, 12, 10666. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410666

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Staupe-Delgado R, Coombes PR. Life in Anticipation of Wind Power Development: Three Cases from Coastal Norway. Sustainability. 2020; 12(24):10666. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410666

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Staupe-Delgado, Reidar; Coombes, Philip R. 2020. "Life in Anticipation of Wind Power Development: Three Cases from Coastal Norway" Sustainability 12, no. 24: 10666. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410666

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