Comparative analysis of Kansas commercial wind energy projects and Wizelius' wind energy project development model
Granville, Melissa Ann
Fletcher, Jeffrey S.
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Granville, Melissa A. & Fletcher, Jeffery S. (2011). Comparative analysis of Kansas commercial wind energy projects and Wizelius' wind energy project development model. -- In Proceedings: 7th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 78-79
Kansas ranks second in wind-producing potential in the United States. While in 2009 wind energy contributed only 5.2% of the state's electricity supply, Kansas wind energy development will increase. This study analyzes nine operational and one banned Kansas wind energy projects. Researchers collected and thematically analyzed public documents relevant to the 10 projects. Data were compared across projects to develop a trajectory for existing Kansas wind projects. This trajectory was contrasted with Wizelius' model to identify critical steps and obstacles to wind energy development. Results indicate that early and sustained dialogue between developers and communities are important steps in the development process.
Third Place winner of poster presentations at the 7th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, May 4, 2011.
Research completed at the Elliott School of Communication