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Valuing wind farms’ environmental impacts by geographical distance: A contingent valuation study in Portugal

Anabela Botelho, Ligia Pinto and Patricia Sousa ()
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Patricia Sousa: Universidade do Minho, NIMA, http://nima.eeg.uminho.pt

No 52, NIMA Working Papers from Núcleo de Investigação em Microeconomia Aplicada (NIMA), Universidade do Minho

Abstract: Wind energy is currently one the most important energy sources in the production of electricity. In this study, we use the CVM to elicit the monetary value attached to wind power’s environmental impacts from three different groups of individuals: local residents, residents in a nearby town, and residents outside the area of a wind farm located in Portugal, one of the top 10 countries in the world with the highest cumulative wind power capacity to date. In each case, our empirical analysis employs a novel likelihood function that is constructed to be appropriate for the type of data collected. The main results are supportive of a NYMBY effect, but also indicate that the amount needed to compensate local residents for the negative impacts caused by the wind farm can be raised by the constitution of a compensation fund paid by non-residents, thereby overcoming the inefficiency caused by the NYMBY effect.

Keywords: Contingent Valuation, uncertainty, renewable energy; Stochastic frontier models; Willingness to pay/accept; hypothetical bias (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q50 Q51 C29 Q40 Q58 Q53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17 pages
Date: 2013-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eff, nep-ene and nep-env
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