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Sustainable Wind Power Development

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020) | Viewed by 3330

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Department of Geography, Texas A&M University, 3147 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843, USA
Interests: land use economics; wind power; energy; political ecology; governance

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Onshore and offshore wind power is essential to decarbonizaton scenarios and pathways. This Special Issue aims to publish leading-edge empirical and conceptual papers from diverse disciplines, including humanities, social and natural sciences, and engineering, on the multiple sustainability dimensions of wind power development. Sustainability includes the broadest possible aspects, such as environmental sustainability (land change; habitat impacts), social sustainability (individual and community responses and perceptions), political sustainability (elite power, political culture, and inequality), and economic sustainability (royalties, rents, employment, and growth). Papers may be grounded in spatial scales ranging from site-specific analyses to global-scale energy flows, be site-specific or comparative, and focus on onshore or offshore wind.

From the field of humanities, we seek papers concerning the human experience, narratives, meanings, values, and justice, in addition to concerns for nonhumans. From the social sciences discipline, we welcome papers analyzing social, economic, and political aspects of wind power sustainability, such as employment, acceptance/rejection, interest groups, governance, royalties, land tenure, community-level impacts, and resource conflicts. Engineering-focused papers are encouraged among authors concerned with sustainability dimension(s) of innovations or optimizations relating to wind power, such as power-to-liquid, grid-scale integration, and wind farm re-powering, for example. Natural science papers may target the many possible dilemmas and solutions regarding wind power impacts, such as positive or negative impacts of wind farms on species, ecosystems, or wildlife management, among many possible topics. More importantly, however, we hope to receive papers from authors who purposely blur boundaries between and among humanities, social sciences, engineering, and natural sciences in search of new analyses of sustainability dimension(s) of current and future wind power development.

Prof. Christian Brannstrom
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  • Wind power
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Economical sustainability
  • Social sustainability
  • Governance and sustainability
  • Sustainability assessment and policies

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18 pages, 1708 KiB  
Sustainability Challenges of Wind Power Deployment in Coastal Ceará State, Brazil
by Júlio César Holanda Araújo, Wallason Farias de Souza, Antonio Jeovah de Andrade Meireles and Christian Brannstrom
Sustainability 2020, 12(14), 5562; - 10 Jul 2020
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Sustainable and socially just decarbonization faces numerous challenges, owing to high land demands for wind farms and weak economic and political institutions. In Brazil, a leader in the Global South in terms of rapid installation of wind power capacity since the 2001 electricity [...] Read more.
Sustainable and socially just decarbonization faces numerous challenges, owing to high land demands for wind farms and weak economic and political institutions. In Brazil, a leader in the Global South in terms of rapid installation of wind power capacity since the 2001 electricity crisis, firms have built wind farms near host communities that are politically and economically marginalized, giving rise to numerous forms of subtle contention and overt opposition. We aimed to better understand the licensing materials for wind farms and the content of the host communities’ concerns about wind farms. We analyzed 18 “simplified” environmental impact reports, which created a legal path for wind farm construction, and conducted qualitative interviews in host communities in coastal Ceará state in northeastern Brazil. Our analysis reveals how firms appropriated and manipulated “crisis” in their environmental impact reports. Interviews with host community members reveal themes of ecological damage, fear, privatized land, employment, migrant workers and noise, in addition to evidence of active resistance to wind farms. These findings corroborate previous work on the overall nature of host community perceptions, add additional insight on the content of the licensing materials and expand the number of host communities analyzed for emerging sustainability challenges. More rigorous licensing procedures are needed to reduce corrupt practices, as well as the offering of avenues for community participation in the decision-making processes and eventual benefits of the wind farms. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Wind Power Development)
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