Energy Policy and Social Network Analysis of the Clean Energy Economy in Western North Carolina

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Matthew Steven Anthony (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Christopher Badurek

Abstract: Research on the development of clustering of clean energy businesses and the social network that function within them has been sparse, particularly applications within the Appalachian region. This research addresses this knowledge gap by conducting case studies of potential Clean Energy Economy clustering in the Appalachian region of western North Carolina. Methods of this investigation include an analysis of energy policy at varying scales, SWOT analysis, and social network analysis ok key community stakeholders in Boon, Asheville, and Hickory-Lenoir, NC. The study areas are analyzed to determine the essential attributes of resilient social networks underlying the Clean Energy Economy in this region. Findings suggest Boone functions as a ‘learning region’ where specialized knowledge is generated, Asheville as an ‘economic hub’ where specialized knowledge is disseminated into various markets, and Lenoir-Hickory as an area with established manufacturing infrastructure capable of competing in the renewable energy system components market. Successful businesses in the region thrive at the intersection of collaborative social networks, entrepreneurial spirit, local knowledge and social capital, and policy incentives.

Additional Information

Anthony, M.S. (2012). Energy Policy and Social Network Analysis of the Clean Energy Economy in Western North Carolina. Unpublished master’s thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2012
Clean energy, Renewable energy, Economic development, Appalachia, Western North Carolina

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