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Assessment of public acceptance and willingness to pay for renewable energy sources in Crete

  • Zografakis, Nikolaos
  • Sifaki, Elli
  • Pagalou, Maria
  • Nikitaki, Georgia
  • Psarakis, Vasilios
  • Tsagarakis, Konstantinos P.

The aim of this study is to analyse and to evaluate the citizens' public acceptance and willingness to pay (WTP), for Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in Crete. For this purpose a contingent valuation study was conducted, using a double bound dichotomous choice format to elicit people's WTP and factors affecting it. Residents of 1440 households all over Crete were interviewed face-to-face. Major conclusions can be used as a basis for sustainable energy planning, for policies and the formulation of awareness campaigns and for RES investment programs and projects in order to prepare implementation conditions and enhance public acceptance of renewable energy investments and programmes. Mean WTP per household was found to be 16.33[euro] to be paid quarterly as an additional charge on the electricity bill. Larger willingness to pay was reported by those with high family income and residence size, those having a higher level of energy information and awareness concerning climatic change, those who have invested in some energy saving measures, and those who suffer from more electricity shortages than others.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

Volume (Year): 14 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (April)
Pages: 1088-1095

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