The Multi-faceted Nature of Preferences for Offshore Wind Farm Siting
There is increasing consensus that NIMBYism is a deficient explanation for widespread resistance to the installation of wind power facilities. This paper addresses this deficiency by examining the determinants of tourist preferences over the position of offshore wind farms at different distances from the shore in the Mediterranean Sea. A principal component analysis is used to retrieve general attitudinal themes, which act as covariates in a choice model. We demonstrate the respective role of respondents’ opinions on energy policy, perceived urgency of tackling climate change, NIMBY objections, nationality and education in explaining preferences for the siting of offshore wind farms.
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