Individual or collective? Community investment, local taxes, and the social acceptance of wind energy in Switzerland

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

This research paper describes the effect of different financial participation models for wind energy projects on the social acceptance of a hypothetical project. Based on the configuration of three different financial participation models tested in a pre-study with several industry experts, we conducted an experimental survey with a representative sample of Swiss electricity customers (n=1202). Our results indicate that a local resource tax that benefits the entire community is favored over individual financial participation models (namely, the opportunity for local citizens to participate through shares or bonds). For key stakeholders such as community attached people or those with a politically centrist, progressive mindset, the local resource tax leads to a significant increase in acceptance. As findings about specific financial participation models for wind energy projects are rare, our research creates a foundation on which social acceptance of wind energy projects at the local community level can be fostered.

Authors Vuichard, Pascal; Stauch, Alexander & Dällenbach, Nathalie
Journal or Publication Title Energy Research & Social Science
Language English
Subjects social sciences
political science
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Responsible Corporate Competitiveness (RoCC)
Refereed Yes
Publisher Elsevier
ISSN 2214-6296
Official URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/...
Contact Email Address pascal.vuichard@unisg.ch
Depositing User Pascal Vuichard
Date Deposited 03 Oct 2019 08:53
Last Modified 03 Oct 2019 08:54
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/258014

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Vuichard, Pascal; Stauch, Alexander & Dällenbach, Nathalie Individual or collective? Community investment, local taxes, and the social acceptance of wind energy in Switzerland. Energy Research & Social Science, ISSN 2214-6296

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