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05 Feb 2024
Standard article |  | 05 Feb 2024

Making space for community energy: landed property as barrier and enabler of community wind projects

Robert Wade and David Rudolph

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Renewable energy technologies require land. Landowners therefore often play a crucial role in wind energy development, shaping participation opportunities of various groups. Through case studies of the Netherlands and Scotland, we unpack how landownership influences the possible strategies for community energy. We find that securing community ownership of the land or wind resource itself is a potentially powerful, long-term strategy for community energy movements to achieve their goals.