How Community Ownership can save Wind Power

Author: Institute of Local Self-Reliance

Level: Introductory

Region: Across the United States

Type: Core Document

This paper provides a brief analysis of why community ownership is important to wind power. When developers try to come into a community and install a wind project, they are often hit with resistance from the local community. The paper argues that community ownership reduces local resistance to wind projects by turning the community into active participants, who have a stake in the project, and can use their capital and interest in the project to move it along. However, there are some challenges to community wind ownership that the paper outlines towards the end.