Quotation Bertsch, Valentin, Hall, Margeret, Weinhardt, Christof, Fitchner, Wolf. 2016. Public acceptance and preferences related to renewable energy and grid expansion policy: Empirical insights for Germany. Energy. 114 (1), 465-477.




The rapid expansion of renewable energy sources (RES) in many European countries brings about transmission grid expansion requirements. While the transition towards RES-based energy systems is largely perceived positively in general, locally both RES and grid expansion are often confronted with a lack of public acceptance. Using Germany as a case study, we analyse public acceptance of energy infrastructure and its main drivers on local vs. national levels. For this purpose, we conducted a nationally representative survey. Our results show that, on a national level, the acceptance of RES is very high and there is also a high acceptance of grid expansion if it helps to increase the share of RES in the system. In terms of local acceptance problems that may arise for most considered technologies, concerns about landscape modification turn out to be the main driving factor. Moreover, the distance between places of residence and places of energy infrastructure construction is crucial. While acceptance or rejection of technologies will never be entirely tangible or explicable, we find the explicability of rejections to be lowest for new technologies. Finally, age and education turn out to be the most relevant socio-demographic variables determining the participants' acceptance.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Energy
Citation Index SCI
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-C
Language English
Title Public acceptance and preferences related to renewable energy and grid expansion policy: Empirical insights for Germany
Volume 114
Number 1
Year 2016
Page from 465
Page to 477
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544216311252?via%3Dihub
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2016.08.022
Open Access N


Hall, Margeret (Details)
Bertsch, Valentin (Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland)
Fitchner, Wolf (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
Weinhardt, Christof (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1127 Information science (Details)
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