Social Acceptance of Renewable Energy Innovation : an Introduction to the Concept

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract This paper introduces the special issue on Social Acceptance of Renewable Energy Innovation. It is a collection of best papers presented at an international research conference held in Tramelan (Switzerland) in February 2006. While there are ambitious government targets to increase the share of renewable energy in many countries, it is increasingly recognized that social acceptance may be a constraining factor in achieving this target. This is particularly apparent in the case of wind energy, which has become a subject of contested debates in several countries largely due to its visual impact on landscapes. This paper introduces three dimensions of social acceptance, namely socio-political, community and market acceptance. Factors influencing socio-political and community acceptance are increasingly recognized as being important for understanding the apparent contradictions between general public support for renewable energy innovation and the difficult realization of specific projects. The third dimension, market acceptance, has received less attention so far and provides opportunities for further research, particularly from management scholars.
Authors Wüstenhagen, Rolf; Wolsink, Maarten & Bürer, Mary Jean
Journal or Publication Title Energy Policy
Language English
Keywords Social Acceptance,; Wind Energy, Diffusion of Innovation
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 26 February 2007
Publisher Elsevier
Place of Publication Oxford
Volume 35
Number 5
Page Range 2683-2691
Number of Pages 9
ISSN 0301-4215
ISSN-Digital 1873-6777
Publisher DOI
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Rolf Wüstenhagen
Date Deposited 09 Oct 2007 12:29
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Wüstenhagen, Rolf; Wolsink, Maarten & Bürer, Mary Jean (2007) Social Acceptance of Renewable Energy Innovation : an Introduction to the Concept. Energy Policy, 35 (5). 2683-2691. ISSN 0301-4215

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