Societal acceptance of wind farms: analysis of four common themes across Australian case studies

Hall, N., Ashworth, P. and Devine-Wright, P. (2013) Societal acceptance of wind farms: analysis of four common themes across Australian case studies. Energy Policy, 58 200-208. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2013.03.009


Author Hall, N.
Ashworth, P.
Devine-Wright, P.
Title Societal acceptance of wind farms: analysis of four common themes across Australian case studies
Journal name Energy Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4215
1873-6777
Publication date 2013-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.03.009
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 58
Start page 200
End page 208
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract Australia's renewable energy target (RET) seeks to provide 20 per cent of Australia's electricity generation from renewable energy sources by 2020. As wind power is relatively advanced, it was anticipated that wind power will contribute a major component of the early target. However, high levels of societal resistance to wind farms, combined with new regulatory policies, indicate the RET may not be dominated by wind power. This research involved an examination of seven case studies around wind farm deployment. Qualitative interviews were the primary data for the case studies and analysed using methods informed by grounded theory. Despite the diversity of stakeholder views, the qualitative analysis identified strong community support for wind farms but four common themes emerged that influence this societal acceptance of wind farms in Australia: trust, distributional justice, procedural justice and place attachment. Without addressing these factors through integration into policy development and engagement approaches, wind energy is unlikely to provide the early and majority of new renewable energy. Similar international experiences are incorporated in the discussion of the Australian wind industry's societal acceptance.
Keyword Wind farms
Societal acceptance
Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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