Community Impacts & Public Response

Informing utility-scale renewable energy and storage deployment

Community Impacts & Public Response

We produce empirical research on individual and community impacts of and responses to energy infrastructure development, as well as public engagement and acceptance strategies.

Utility-scale renewable energy and storage development impacts individuals and local communities in myriad ways. EMP produces empirical research on those impacts, and on siting, planning, and engagement strategies, to improve outcomes for host communities.

EMP’s work investigates positive and negative impacts on communities near utility-scale wind and solar power projects, along with community members’ perceptions of those impacts. We also provide wind turbine and solar locations and characteristics to federal agencies and the public via the U.S. Wind Turbine and Photovoltaic Databases, and assess community, developer, and decision-maker perspectives on siting and permitting procedures.

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Recent Publications

Community-Centered Solar Development
National Survey of Attitudes of Wind Power Project Neighbors