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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Public preferences for the Swiss electricity system after the nuclear phase-out : a choice experiment
Authors: Plum, Christiane
Olschewski, Roland
Jobin, Marilou
van Vliet, Oscar
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2019.03.054
Published in: Energy Policy
Volume(Issue): 2019
Issue: 130
Page(s): 181
Pages to: 196
Issue Date: Jul-2019
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Elsevier
ISSN: 0301-4215
Language: English
Subjects: Acceptance; Choice experiment; Energy security; Solar energy
Subject (DDC): 333.79: Energy
Abstract: Energy transition towards a sustainable system comprising various energy sources is a major challenge. We conducted a representative survey in the German-speaking part of Switzerland to elicit the population's preferences for electricity from solar, wind or natural gas under different institutional and site-specific conditions. Based on a choice experiment we found a consistent preference for electricity based on solar energy and - to a lesser degree - wind energy, built in existing industrial and commercial areas. We identified five distinct population groups, three of which have a very pronounced profile concerning energy attributes: ‘Pro Renewables', ‘Pro Switzerland’, and ‘Pro Landscape’. The largest two groups, 'Moderates' and ‘Contra Status Quo’ value attributes fairly equally. All groups except Pro Landscape prefer electricity from Switzerland, and all groups except Pro Switzerland accept imports of renewable electricity, preferably from plants operated by Swiss firms. We suggest that unfamiliarity rather than nationalism is at the root of opposition to imports of renewables. An energy mix focusing on renewables and including border-crossing electricity infrastructure could pave the way for a cost-efficient energy transition towards a sustainable and resilient electricity system. Our results show that it would also be publicly acceptable by the majority of the Swiss population.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE)
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