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Public and private attitudes towards “green” electricity: the case of Swedish wind power
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7199-7843
2005 (English)In: Energy Policy, ISSN 0301-4215, E-ISSN 1873-6777, Vol. 33, no 13, p. 1677-1689Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There exists a political goal in Sweden and elsewhere to increase the use of renewable energy and wind power seems to be a favourable choice from an environmental perspective. However, although the public generally expresses a positive attitude towards wind power, the experience often shows that specific wind power projects face resistance from the local population. This paper analyses the attitudes towards wind power among the electricity consumers as well as the foundations of these attitudes. Results are based on a postal survey that was sent out to 1000 Swedish house owners. According to the results, the public is generally positive towards wind power. The probability of finding an average individual in support of wind power decreases with age and income. People with an interest in environmental issues are, however, more likely to be positive towards wind power than the average respondent and the results do not support the NIMBY-hypothesis. In addition, people that are more inclined to express public preferences are also more likely to be positive towards wind electricity than people who are less inclined to do so. These results imply, for instance, that the potential of markets for “green” electricity may be limited, other support schemes is thus required if the politically stated goal to increase wind power capacity is to be fulfilled.

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2005. Vol. 33, no 13, p. 1677-1689
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-8722DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2004.02.005ISI: 000229796100004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-12144258910Local ID: 7412d990-6f54-11db-962b-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-8722DiVA, id: diva2:981660
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Validerad; 2005; 20061011 (evan)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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