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Local impediments to realization of national policy: the role of stakeholders in siting wind projects

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Final_Report.doc Local impediments to realization of national policy: the role of stakeholders in siting wind projects Rebecca Houghtaling NEURUS 2004 - 2005 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Local impediments to realization of national policy: the role of stakeholders in siting wind projects 1 Acknowledgements I would like to express my gratitude to those individuals who took time from their busy schedules to candidly discuss the development of wind projects in Delfzijl and the Netherlands: W.A. ter Horst, Province of Groningen; R.L. Snuif, Groningen Seaports; H.N. Wessels, Municipality of Delfzijl; A.H.C. van Zwol, Koop Duurzame Energie b.v.; and Hiltje Zwarberg, Stichting Windhoek, as well as those who wished to remain anonymous. The information they provided was invaluable, however, any inaccuracies or omissions in the report should be attributed to the author alone. I would like to thank Marieke van Duyn and Susanne Agterbosch, Utrecht University who offered advice on wind energy research and insight into Dutch wind policy. I would like to thank Marco Tieleman, CEA and Albert Jansen, SenterNovem for the invitation to join the Windexcursie Dongeradeel. Furthermore, I sincerely appreciate the recommendations, clarifications, and assistance Hendrik Elzinga and Sjoerd Zeelenberg offered during my time at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. I am especially grateful to Dr. Ed Feser, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign who provided invaluable guidance and encouragement from the design phase through finalizing the report. Thanks for the opportunity to do truly independent research, as well as the support when needed most. Lastly, this research would not have been the same without the encouragement and assistance of my friends in both Urbana-Champaign and Groningen. For sending articles on wind energy developments, enduring late-night phone calls, watching presentation

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