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Public acceptance of offshore wind power: does perceived fairness of process matter?

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  • Jeremy Firestone
  • Willett Kempton
  • Meredith Blaydes Lilley
  • Kateryna Samoteskul

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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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  • Jeremy Firestone & Willett Kempton & Meredith Blaydes Lilley & Kateryna Samoteskul, 2012. "Public acceptance of offshore wind power: does perceived fairness of process matter?," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 55(10), pages 1387-1402, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:55:y:2012:i:10:p:1387-1402
    DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2012.688658
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