(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Unexpected Wind Power " Potentials " : The Art of Planning with Inherited Socio-Geographical Configurations (France)

published at : Geography, communities and energy futures : alternative research paths

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

LABUSSIERE O. (1) ; NADAI A. (2) ;
(1) UMR 5194 PACTE - Territoires, Institut de Géographie Alpine, GRENOBLE, FRANCE


The deployment of wind power induces deep changes in landscapes and territories. The politicization of wind power generates new ad hoc collectives. In the French case, because of the institutional framing resulting from landscape and wind power policies (centralization, feed-in tariffs, private developers), collectives of emerging wind power landscapes are regularly set apart from wind power planning processes. This paper explores the extent to which these recompositions and new collectives could be part of emerging wind power potentials. The empirical evidence stemming from our case studies shows that wind power technology, like any other technology, is not endowed with a potential per se. Wind power potentials differ – ‘capitalistic’, ‘controversial’, ‘negotiated’, ‘conditional’ – depending on planning processes and inherited configurations. The notions of striated space and smooth space enable us to adopt a relational perspective on these emerging collectives and to account for the role of inherited socio-geographical configurations and planning processes.


Thematical fascicle

published at : Scottish geographical journal / ISSN 1751-665X

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1999)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 130, no 3 [pp. 1-17]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.




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