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Acceptance of wind energy and the role of financial and procedural participation: An investigation with focus groups and choice experiments

Nele Lienhoop

Energy Policy, 2018, vol. 118, issue C, 97-105

Abstract: In the course of its transition of the energy sector Germany aims to provide 80 per cent of the power supply from renewable energy sources. Although it is projected that wind power will be the main contributor in the energy transition, due to its spatial implications it is targeted by considerable local opposition, thus jeopardising the success of many wind energy projects. Previous research has found that distributive and procedural justice issues are common factors influencing local public acceptance. This paper explores local public preferences for different forms of financial and procedural participation by means of choice experiments and focus groups. The results show that wind power projects are generally accepted by the local public if certain condition, i.e. shareholding and high levels of participation in the decision-making process are offered. Policy recommendations are given on how wind power projects should be implemented so as to counteract local opposition. Deepening the understanding of these issues is of practical importance for future wind energy development.

Keywords: Local acceptance; Wind power; Distributive and procedural justice; Financial participation; Choice experiment; Focus groups (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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