Beyond Attachment: Assessing Support for and Opposition to Wind Power Projects through The Lens of Place Meaning and Place Consistency within a Longitudinal Survey Study

Authors: Aaron Russell*, University of Delaware
Topics: Energy, Coastal and Marine, Environmental Perception
Keywords: Offshore Wind, Perception, Survey
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Galerie 5, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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Signs point to movement within the lagging U.S. offshore wind energy sector. The completion of the Block Island Offshore Wind Project off Rhode Island has provided a tangible example of success on the East Coast. Now, legislation in Massachusetts for 1600 MW, bid approvals totaling almost 400 MW in Maryland, project approval and the addition of new wind energy areas for New York, and a downward price trend are creating the environment for much more action within the next decade in this industry. A healthy and maturing body of literature points to fair process, landscape fit, and sense of place, as important factors for successful social interaction between communities and the offshore wind projects. This work is part of an ongoing longitudinal survey of island and coastal Rhode Island residents concerning the Block Island Offshore Wind Project. Thus far, place attachment, place identity, and place dependency have been considered as pertaining to public opinion of offshore wind. Here we examine place meanings, which are “cognitions and/or evaluative beliefs concerning a setting that reflect the value and significance of the setting” (Wynveen, Kyle and Sutton, 2012, 287). We then survey whether the Block Island Offshore Wind Project is a consistent use of the ocean in relation to the meanings ascribed therein.

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