Impact Geographies of Wind Energy Development in Kansas

Authors: Keith Bremer*, Fort Hays State University, Amanda Buday, Fort Hays State University, Connor Phelan, Fort Hays State University , Criquet Smith, Fort Hays State University, Connor Mountford, Fort Hays State University , Ashten Clark, Fort Hays State University
Topics: Energy, Human-Environment Geography, Environmental Perception
Keywords: Impact Geographies, Kansas, Wind
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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We extend on the “impact geographies” framework developed by Haggerty and colleagues in their study of unconventional oil and gas development in the American West by investigating variation in the social impacts of wind energy development in Kansas. Using a comparative case study design, we consider how varying economic histories, population characteristics, and technological advancements in wind power production interact with geographic features to produce distinct social impacts of wind energy development across the state. Our analysis draws upon data compiled from a content analysis of regional and local news publications archived by Access World News and secondary data collected by the U.S. Census and the USDA Economic Research Service. Our findings underscore the importance of place characteristics and regional economic activity in accounting for differing public responses to and impacts of new energy projects.

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