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The Introduction of Wind Power Generation in a Local Community: An Economic Analysis of Subjective Well-Being Data in Choshi City

Yushi Kunugi, Toshi Arimura and Miwa Nakai
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Yushi Kunugi: Research Institute for Environmental Economics and Management, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Miwa Nakai: Research Institute for Environmental Economics and Management, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

RIEEM Discussion Paper Series from Research Institute for Environmental Economics and Management, Waseda University

Abstract: In this study, we analyze the external effects of wind turbines, which are often considered detrimental to the promotion of wind power generation. Understanding these externalities is essential for reaching a consensus with residents who live near the planned site of a wind turbine. We conducted a mail survey in Choshi City in Chiba Prefecture to examine the external effects of wind turbines, adopting a subjective well-being index to measure respondents f well-being. Regression analysis suggests that a view of wind power turbines has a positive effect on the subjective well-being of local residents. Moreover, results indicate that such well-being increases with increasing distance from wind turbines. In other words, except for scenic elements, we found that wind turbines are not always considered desirable by residents. As such, it is important to further clarify the external influence of wind turbines as well as other facilities in the neighborhood.

Keywords: Subjective Well-Being; Wind Turbines; Renewable Energy; Externalities; Life Satisfaction Approach; Local Residents (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D62 I31 Q20 Q51 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 23 pages
Date: 2018-11
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ene, nep-hap and nep-ure
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