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Consumers’ Attitude towards Renewable Energy in the Context of the Energy Crisis

Iuliana Petronela Gârdan (), Adrian Micu, Carmen Adina Paștiu, Angela Eliza Micu and Daniel Adrian Gârdan
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Iuliana Petronela Gârdan: Faculty of Economic Sciences, Spiru Haret University, 060821 Bucharest, Romania
Adrian Micu: Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, “Dunărea de Jos” University of Galați, 800008 Galați, Romania
Carmen Adina Paștiu: Faculty of Economic Sciences, “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, 510009 Alba-Iulia, Romania
Angela Eliza Micu: Faculty of Economic Sciences, “Ovidius” University of Constanța, 900527 Constanța, Romania
Daniel Adrian Gârdan: Faculty of Economic Sciences, Spiru Haret University, 060821 Bucharest, Romania

Energies, 2023, vol. 16, issue 2, 1-31

Abstract: The use of renewable energy (RE) is considered one of the most important topics of discussion regarding sustainable consumption and environmental protection nowadays. More than ever, a new energy crisis is forming due to the effect of political and military conflicts that have already been in place for some time. Our research envisages using a sample of 1126 respondents for the validation of a theoretical model that highlights the complex relationship between specific variables, such as concern for the environment, knowledge about renewable energy, perceived utility regarding RE usage, ease of use regarding RE, attitude toward RE utilization and behavioral intentions to use RE. The results show that attitudes towards renewable energy consumption are strongly influenced by the other latent constructs with perceived utility, social influence and concern for the environment being among the most determining ones. Behavioral intentions and the actual consumption behavior for RE are more and more clearly expressed in terms of decisions regarding the type of renewable energy technology preferred by consumers, and correlations with variables such as the level of education and higher income are easily highlighted.

Keywords: renewable energy; consumers’ attitude; concern for the environment; energy crisis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q4 Q40 Q41 Q42 Q43 Q47 Q48 Q49 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2023
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