FILLING A VOID: DOCUMENTING RURAL WIND ENERGY PERSPECTIVES: 49.497120, -113.862305
FILLING A VOID: DOCUMENTING RURAL WIND ENERGY PERSPECTIVES
There is very little documentation of the existing status of rural views on wind energy in Alberta. This situation is disadvantageous in that it impedes a fulsome understanding of the actual concerns of rural Albertans and the improvements they are seeking. Moreover, the situation fails to provide documentation of the existing rural-wind energy relationship, leaving control of this narrative to hearsay and anecdotal information. This lack of information leaves advocates, developers, policy-makers and local decision makers dealing with issues in an ad hoc manner, and potentially facing avoidable conflicts.
At the highest level, this long-term initiative aims to document and understand rural perspectives on wind energy development, then to find solutions to problematic development techniques and misinformation that can impede further development.