Title: Future acceptance of wind energy production : exploring future local acceptance of wind energy production in a Swiss alpine region
Authors : Spiess, Harry
Lobsiger-Kägi, Evelyn
Carabias-Hütter, Vicente
Marcolla, Andrea
Published in : Technological Forecasting and Social Change
Volume(Issue) : 101
Pages : 263
Pages to: 274
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Elsevier
Issue Date: Dec-2015
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Future energy generation; Participatory foresight; Local acceptance; Wind energy
Subject (DDC) : 333: Economics of land and resources
338.927: Environmental economics and sustainable development
Abstract: Future sustainable energy systems strongly rely on new renewable energies. Wind energy production has become an interesting option for alpine regions. In addition to grid reliability, public acceptance is an important factor that currently limits wind energy's market penetration. An interdisciplinary research team explored, through socio-economic and technical approaches, the current and future acceptance of wind energy production in the Swiss energy region of Goms, an alpine valley at 1300m above sea level. The focus of this paper is on research questions comprising future societal challenges for the local population. For this purpose, the focus-group discussion has proven to be a valuable participatory method. Concerning future development of wind energy in the Alps, regional value creation (including workplaces) and the placement of systems where man-made infrastructure is already present were the main visions mentioned by workshop participants. So far,wind energy as implemented in the valley of Goms has not been perceived as a topic of conflict by the local community. Crucial components towards local acceptance of wind turbines are questions of aesthetics, technical performance and economic feasibility.
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Sustainable Development (INE)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1016/j.techfore.2015.06.042
ISSN: 0040-1625
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/7077
Published as part of the ZHAW project : Windenergie am Beispiel Goms
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