Farming and Fishing the Wind:
Where should wind farms be sited, and who should decide?
Wind turbines generate clean energy but dramatically change the communities in which they are sited, making wind development contentious and raising environmental, legal, and political issues.
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As the energy transition towards renewable sources accelerates, more communities are grappling with proposals to build wind farms. Governments consider a range of benefits and impacts when managing wind development, usually through zoning. Whether wind development policy is handled by local governments (like most zoning policy) or pre-empted by state governments varies across the country. Through simulation activities and writing exercises, participants in this case will formulate answers to these questions: who benefits from and who is burdened by wind farming, and who should decide where or if wind farms are sited?