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Wind Power and Social Acceptance: Key Issues for Community Consideration

December 01, 2016

What issues should communities consider when faced with large-scale wind development in their jurisdiction? What are the benefits and costs that a community might face? Can some of these issues be reconciled? Using detailed analysis from a New York case, issues of tourism and economic development, leases, property values, setbacks, siting processes, and a variety of other considerations will be presented in a comprehensive overview by Stephen Bird.

Event Information

Date: December 1, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 
Location: Ivey Business School, Room 2125


Stephen Bird 

Dr. Stephen Bird is Associate Professor of Political Science at Clarkson University. In fall 2016 he holds the Fulbright Scholar Visiting Research Chair in Governance and Public Administration at the University of Ottawa, and an ongoing Research Faculty Affiliate with the Positive Energy Project. He will continue as a Senior Fellow at the Centre on Governance in spring 2017. His current research focuses on split incentives and smart housing, energy conflict, microgrid governance, drivers of energy adoption (fracking, solar), green data centers, energy poverty, policy learning and activism, and social influence. Prior and current affiliations, engagements, and/or research grants include the U.S. State Department, the European Commission, the New York Energy Research Authority, the National Science Foundation, IBM, AMD, National Grid, Massachusetts’ Environmental Affairs, Harvard’s Electricity Policy Group, and Mass Energy. He completed his PhD at Boston University and his Masters’ from Harvard University.




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