Public acceptance of offshore wind power: does perceived fairness of process matter?
This paper analyses the findings of recent mail surveys of residents living near two proposed offshore wind power projects -- Cape Wind off Massachusetts and Bluewater Wind off Delaware. In 2009, 57% supported Cape Wind, while 80% supported Bluewater Wind. To measure the relationship between perceptions of public process and substantive support or opposition, we assessed opinions of procedural fairness, local community voice and trust in developers. A plurality ofresidents in both cases is relatively satisfied with the process, while statistical modelling suggests that satisfaction with the process and outcome may be mutually reinforcing or jointly determined.
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Volume (Year): 55 (2012)
Issue (Month): 10 (April)
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