Has research on the social acceptance of wind energy run out of steam?

Geraint Ellis, Gianluca Ferraro

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Abstract

This paper provides a critical review of 20 years of research on social acceptance of wind energy. This field of research has evolved in conceptual and methodological complexity and encompassed a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including geography, psychology, economics, political science and spatial planning. This has been able to provide substantial insights into the factors that drive community concerns about wind energy, including regulatory processes, project design, siting, ownership and community benefit issues. While deepening our understanding and suggestive of a few arenas for improving practice (such as enhanced community engagement), wind energy projects continue to face local opposition in many varied contexts. Indeed, in many countries, community concerns now define the limiting factor to this energy technology – so why has this research not been able to significantly influence the trajectory of social acceptance?
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 04 Apr 2017
Event1st International Confernce on Energy Research and Social Science - Melia Sitges, Sitges, Spain
Duration: 02 Apr 201705 Apr 2017
https://www.elsevier.com/events/conferences/international-conference-on-energy-research-and-social-science

Conference

Conference1st International Confernce on Energy Research and Social Science
Abbreviated titleERSS 2017
CountrySpain
CitySitges
Period02/04/201705/04/2017
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Keywords

  • wind energy
  • social acceptance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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