Green vs. Green: Measuring the Compensation Required to Site Electrical Generation Windmills in a Viewshed
A willingness to accept framework is used to measure the compensation required to allow wind generation windmills to be built in the mountains of North Carolina. We address why the NIMBY syndrome may arise when choosing site locations, the perceived property rights of view-sheds, as well as the perceptions of the status quo in the southern Appalachian Mountains. We find that individuals who perceive wind energy as a clean source of power require less compensation. Those who retire to the mountains or individuals who have ancestors from Watauga County require more compensation to accept windmills in their view-shed. We find that annual compensation is about twenty three dollars per household. In the aggregate, citizens need to be compensated by about one-half million dollars a year to allow wind electrical generation turbines in Watauga County. In addition, we find in a bivariate-probit analysis that individuals who are more likely to participate in a green energy program also are more likely to allow electrical generation wind mills in their view-shed suggesting that the green on green environmental debate is overstated.
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