Winds of Change: The Environmental Movement and the Global Development of the Wind Energy Industry

Hardcover | January 15, 2011

byIon Bogdan Vasi

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Winds of Change examines the global development of the wind energy industry from a political, social movements-based perspective. It argues the wind energy industry developed successfully in certain regions and countries in large part because the environmental movement influenced its growth.Vasi then defines and analyses the three main pathways through which the environmental movement has contributed to industry growth: it has influenced the adoption and implementation of renewable energy policies, it has created consumer demand for clean energy, and it has changed the institutionallogics of the energy sector. The book uses quantitative analysis to present the big picture of the global development of the wind energy industry, then draws on qualitative analyses to understand why countries such as Germany, Denmark, or Spain are world leaders in wind energy, while other countriessuch as the United States, United Kingdom, or Canada have a somewhat underdeveloped wind power industry. It also analyzes how the environmental movement contributed to the recent growth of the market for renewable energy certificates in the United States. The book also examines the remarkable transformation of the electricity sector in different countries, showing how environmentalists in Germany,Denmark, United States and United Kingdom contributed to wind turbine manufacturing by becoming entrepreneurs, innovators, and/or advocates, and, furthermore, how environmental groups and activists formed new companies that specialize in wind-farm development and operation, and pressured utilitycompanies to invest in renewable energy by using tactics such as protests, lawsuits, and lobbying for stricter regulation. In conclusion, Vasi presents the main implications for future studies on industry development and social movement outcomes, as well as for the future growth of the renewableenergy sector.

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Winds of Change examines the global development of the wind energy industry from a political, social movements-based perspective. It argues the wind energy industry developed successfully in certain regions and countries in large part because the environmental movement influenced its growth.Vasi then defines and analyses the three main...

Ion Bogdan Vasi is Assistant Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs and the Department of Sociology at Columbia University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199746923

ISBN - 13:9780199746927

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Wind Energy Industry and the Environmental Movement1. The Big Picture2. Environmental Campaigns and the Adoption and Implementation of Feed-in Tariffs3. Environmental Campaigns and the Adoption and Implementation of Renewable Portfolio Standards4. From Thinking Globally about Climate Change to Acting Locally on the Energy Challenge5. Going With the Wind: The Environmentalist Transformation of the Electricity SectorConclusion: The Answer May be Blowing in the WindReferencesIndex