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Catamount Energy and the Glebe Mountain Windfarm: Clean Energy vs. NIMBY

30 June 2005 | Cases | Energy

Case Abstract

The case presents the arguments both pro and against wind generated electricity, or turbine wind farms. The environmental and economic arguments made in favour of this alternative energy source discuss (1) wind power does not generate water or air emissions, or hazardous waste, does not impact riverways; and (2) once installation costs have been accounted for, the costs of fuel, in this case wind, is free. Critics, in turn, point to (1) the variability in wind energy, which has a 30%-40% efficiency level due to shifts in nature, (2) the high costs of turbines and installation when compared to natural gas powered plants of equivalent scale, (3) the high level of state subsidies to support this energy source, and finally, (4) the negative impacts on migratory bird patterns and views and pristine nature of the environment. This debate is taking place as the state of Vermont considers placement of a wind turbine farm in the mountains of the state.

Author: Robert Letovsky
Institution: St. Michael's College, USA
Competition Year 2005
Place Honorary Mention
Track Corporate Sustainability
Key Words Wind Electricity, Wind Farm, Alternative Energy, Costs, Environmental Impacts, Stakeholder Management
Courses Sustainable Development, Strategic Management, Business Policy, Marketing Management, Public Relations
Permission Rights Please contact Robert Letovsky for permission rights. This case is also part of the oikos Case Collection book (Volume 1): Case Studies in Sustainability Management and Strategy published by Greenleaf.
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