Public Opposition to Large Scale Soft Technology in Vermont: Four Case Studies

Eve C. Gruntfest
Marc A. Eichen



In response to rising costs and an uncertain public opinion and regulatory climate for conventional expansion of electric power supply, investor-owned and municipal utilities as well as private entrepreneurs have begun to experiment with grid-linked soft technology as an alternative for electric supply. We examine public opposition to four such projects in Vermont in an effort to find whether public opposition is based on issues similar to that of conventional, and especially nuclear, power projects. Our findings show that opposition to these projects is based on local economic and aesthetic issues as well as more broadly drawn and challenging economic and social concerns.

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