Wind Power in View

Energy Landscapes in a Crowded World


  • Martin Pasqualetti, Arizona State University, Tempe, U.S.A.
  • Paul Gipe, Author, advocate, and internationally recognized expert on wind power
  • Robert Righter, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.


Professionals dealing with all aspects of wind energy, including engineers and technologists (electrical and mechanical), community and regional planning authorities, utility companies, landscape architects, and energy policy makers (local, state and national).


Book information

  • Published: February 2002
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-546334-8


Addresses aesthetic concerns about the placement, number, and location of large wind turbines for electricity generation. Topics of the nine essays include the rural countryside as a metaphor for national identity in the United Kingdom, a soft -foil turbine as an alternative to the three-bladed Danish turbine, public participation during the planning process, the acceptance of wind turbines as part of the Danish cultural landscape, and design recommendations for minimizing visual impact of turbine towers.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR '...the volume presents fascinating comparisons, parallels, and intersections among different wind-energy theories and practices, all of which are rewarding discoveries for the curious reader.' --Book News, Inc. 'This book tackles the problem or grid-connected wind turbines and windfarms in a fair, analytical and multidisciplinary manner.' --Wind Engineering ...this book provides valuable perspective for renewable energy advocates especially thos involved in contentious initiatives like the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts. The recommendations in this book will help wind power developers and proponents win the public over. -- Book Review Digest May 2004 "Wind Power in View makes stimulating reading and definitely should be considered by any persons interested in the connections between wind machines with the natural and cultural landscapes. - Windmillers Gazette, Autumn 2003

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Pt. I Introduction A Landscape of PowerPt. II Wind Power on the Land 1 Exoskeletal Outer-Space Creations 2 Wind Power and English Landscape Identity3 The Wind in One's Sails: A PhilosophyPt. III Wind Power in Northern Europe 4 Wind Landscapes in the German Milieu 5 Society and Wind Power in Sweden 6 A Formula for Success in Denmark 7 Landscape and Policy in the North Sea Marshes Pt. IV Working with the Wind 8 Living with Wind Power in a Hostile Landscape 9 Design As If People Matter: Aesthetic Guidelines for a Wind Power FuturePt. V Afterword 10 A View from Lake Como Author BiographiesBrief Reading List Index