Title: Exploring how expectations of the future energy system shape individuals’ energy political attitudes
Authors : Blumer, Yann
Moser, Corinne
Gregorowius, Daniel
Conference details: Energy Systems Conference 2016: 21st Century Challenges, London, United Kingdom, 14–15 June 2016
Issue Date: 2016
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Not specified
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 333.7: Land, recreational areas and energy
Abstract: Energy scenarios and forecasts – e.g. of prices, demand, or grid capacities – are the basis for key decisions by authorities, policy, makers, electricity producers and grid operators and shape the development of the energy system. But also when it comes to individuals, expectations about the future development of the energy system can also play a key role in shaping their energy political attitudes, e.g. by constraining what goals are thought to be realistic and what projects are thought to be feasible. While there is a considerable body of research that analyses contextual (e.g. benefits, risks, fairness and spatial proximity) and psychological factors (e.g. place-attachment, trust and individual values) that shape energy political attitudes of the broad public, the role of individual expectations has yet not been addressed properly. In order to explore how expectation of the future energy system shape individuals’ energy political attitudes, a survey (n=1000) in Switzerland was conducted, which is representative of – inter alia – gender, age, area of residence. It included a set of ten scaled items that measure how participant imagine energy system in 2030. These include, for example, prices, share of renewables and energy security. Using these factors to cluster participants, three distinct groups concerning their view of the Swiss electricity future could be identified. More importantly, a subsequent analysis of variance suggests that these expectations may indeed be a strong predictor of energy political attitudes. For the current energy debate in Switzerland and worldwide this study adds to the understanding of individuals’ political behaviour towards energy issues, in particular by offering an explanation for individuals’ attitudes towards energy political decisions that goes beyond the factors usually considered.
Departement: School of Engineering
Publication type: Conference Other
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/2145
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