Reports: Opposition to renewable energy projects increasing

June 20, 2024

Originally published by My Hometown Today – The Center Square. Written by Bethany Blankley.

Opposition to enewable energy projects such as wind and solar have increased at the local and state levels nationwide, according to several reports.

In 2023, there were 73% more local restrictions and 111% more state-level restrictions on solar and wind energy projects than there were in 2022, according to an analysis published by Columbia University’s Sabine Center for Climate Change Law. Similar findings were published by a Texas-based analyst and supported by recent polls.

The Sabine Center report found that local and state restrictions on “renewable” or “green” energy projects “are numerous and widespread.”

“In nearly every state, local governments have enacted laws and regulations to block or restrict renewable energy facilities,” the summary of the report states. It also notes that project opponents “succeeded in forcing the delay or cancellation of particular projects.”

The report identified at least 395 local restrictions in 41 states as well as 19 state-level restrictions. The restrictions are “so severe,” the center says, that they could result in “blocking a renewable energy project.”

The center identified 378 renewable energy projects that “encountered significant opposition in 47 states.” It notes that 395 local restrictions, 19 state-level restrictions, and 378 contested projects it identified “represent a major increase over the totals in the May 2023 edition.”

The report updates and expands on three previous Sabin Center reports published in September 2021, March 2022, and May 2023. In them, the center documented local and state restrictions against, and opposition to, renewable energy projects. The report covers proposed projects from 1995 through 2023 to “demonstrate that local opposition to renewable energy facilities is widespread and growing and that it represents a potentially significant impediment to achievement of climate goals.”

The push for “renewable energy” has coincided with 200 policies targeting the oil and natural gas industry, another report shows. The policies advocate for appliances and tools that use natural gas or vehicles that use gasoline; products derived from petroleum production. The majority of voters oppose these policies, according to The Center Square Voters’ Voice Polls conducted by Noble Predictive Insights.

Opposition to renewable energy projects such as wind and solar have increased at the local and state levels nationwide, according to several reports.

In 2023, there were 73% more local restrictions and 111% more state-level restrictions on solar and wind energy projects than there were in 2022, according to an analysis published by Columbia University’s Sabine Center for Climate Change Law. Similar findings were published by a Texas-based analyst and supported by recent polls.

The Sabine Center report found that local and state restrictions on “renewable” or “green” energy projects “are numerous and widespread.”

“In nearly every state, local governments have enacted laws and regulations to block or restrict renewable energy facilities,” the summary of the report states. It also notes that project opponents “succeeded in forcing the delay or cancellation of particular projects.”

The report identified at least 395 local restrictions in 41 states as well as 19 state-level restrictions. The restrictions are “so severe,” the center says, that they could result in “blocking a renewable energy project.”

The center identified 378 renewable energy projects that “encountered significant opposition in 47 states.” It notes that 395 local restrictions, 19 state-level restrictions, and 378 contested projects it identified “represent a major increase over the totals in the May 2023 edition.”

The report updates and expands on three previous Sabin Center reports published in September 2021, March 2022, and May 2023. In them, the center documented local and state restrictions against, and opposition to, renewable energy projects. The report covers proposed projects from 1995 through 2023 to “demonstrate that local opposition to renewable energy facilities is widespread and growing and that it represents a potentially significant impediment to achievement of climate goals.”

The push for “renewable energy” has coincided with 200 policies targeting the oil and natural gas industry, another report shows. The policies advocate for appliances and tools that use natural gas or vehicles that use gasoline; products derived from petroleum production. The majority of voters oppose these policies, according to The Center Square Voters’ Voice Polls conducted by Noble Predictive Insights.