Quotation Harold, Jason, Bertsch, Valentin, Lawrence, Thomas, Hall, Margeret. 2021. Drivers of people's preferences for spatial proximity to energy infrastructure technologies: a cross-country analysis. Energy Journal. 42 (4)




Many countries plan to decarbonise their energy systems by increasing energy efficiency and expanding the use of renewable energy sources (RES). Such actions require significant investments in new energy infrastructures. While people are generally accepting of these infrastructures, opposition sometimes arises when these developments are sited at close proximity to people's residences. Therefore, it is important to understand what actually drives people's preferences for spatial proximity to different energy infrastructure technologies. This study examines the factors influencing people's proximity preferences to a range of different energy technologies using a cross-country econometric analysis of the stated preference data from an unprecedented survey conducted on nationally representative samples of the population in Ireland, the U.S. and Germany. The survey involved more than 4,500 participants in total. This paper presents the data and selected results from a generalised ordered logit model for each energy technology surveyed. These are; wind turbines, solar power technology, biomass power plant, coal-fired power plant and natural gas power plant. The results show that, in general, German and Irish citizens are willing to accept energy infrastructures at smaller distances to their homes than their U.S. counterparts. Moreover, attitudinal factors are found to shape people's preferences more consistently than any of the socio-demographic characteristics.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Energy Journal
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-C, WH-B
Language English
Title Drivers of people's preferences for spatial proximity to energy infrastructure technologies: a cross-country analysis
Volume 42
Number 4
Year 2021
URL http://www.iaee.org/en/publications/ejarticle.aspx?id=3703
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.5547/01956574.42.4.jhar
Open Access N


Hall, Margeret (Details)
Bertsch, Valentin (Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland)
Harold, Jason (National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland)
Lawrence, Thomas (University of Georgia, United States/USA)
Institute for Cognition & Behavior IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1127 Information science (Details)
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