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Title: Public preference of electricity options before and after Fukushima
Authors : Rudolf, Michael
Seidl, Roman
Moser, Corinne
Krütli, Pius
Stauffacher, Michael
Published in : Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences
Volume(Issue) : 11
Issue : 1
Pages : 1
Pages to: 15
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2014
Language : Englisch / English
Subject (DDC) : 333.7: Landflächen, Erholungsgebiete, Energie
Abstract: The accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in spring 2011 spurred Germany and Switzerland to phase out nuclear technology. To ensure future electricity supply, this phase-out requires a strong commitment to accept alternative production technologies and energy strategies. This study examined if and how laypeople’s preference for electricity produced by nuclear power and the alternatives in Switzerland has been affected by the Japanese disaster. An online study was conducted in February (N = 69) and repeated in June 2011 (N = 57), applying the same questionnaire to both samples. The study included a preference rating task involving nuclear, gas, photovoltaics, wind power, and hydropower, and choice-based conjoint tasks. The conjoint tasks contained attributes such as production technologies and price instruments. Participants had to choose their preferred combination of attributes. The results show that laypeople’s preference for nuclear power dropped significantly between February and June 2011, whereas their preferences for other technologies changed only marginally. Furthermore, the envisaged mid-term “stepping stones” of gas and electricity imports on the way to renewable energy have been highly unpopular and have remained so after the Fukushima accident. Transitioning from nuclear energy to renewable energy, therefore, will likely be challenging.
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institut für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (INE)
Publication type: Beitrag in wissenschaftlicher Zeitschrift / Article in scientific Journal
Type of review: Peer review (Publikation)
DOI : 10.1080/1943815X.2014.881887
ISSN: 1943-815X
License (according to publishing contract) : CC BY 3.0: Namensnennung 3.0 Unported
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