Public support for energy sources and related technologies: the impact of simple information provision

Hobman, Elizabeth V. and Ashworth, Peta (2013) Public support for energy sources and related technologies: the impact of simple information provision. Energy Policy, 63 862-869. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2013.09.011


Author Hobman, Elizabeth V.
Ashworth, Peta
Title Public support for energy sources and related technologies: the impact of simple information provision
Journal name Energy Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4215
1873-6777
Publication date 2013-12
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.09.011
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 63
Start page 862
End page 869
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract Increasing public awareness and understanding of alternative energy sources and related technologies is an essential component of informed decision-making regarding new options of generating energy for a low carbon future. The current study examined the influence of psychological factors (i.e., pro-environmental beliefs, and subjective norms) and the provision of factual information on public support for a range of energy sources and related technologies. A representative sample of 1907 Australians completed an on-line survey that measured perceptions of a range of climate change and energy issues. Results showed that support for renewables is stronger than support for traditional fossil-fuel based energy sources (i.e., coal or gas) or nuclear energy. The provision of factual information about generation cost and emissions significantly changed support ratings, particularly when cost information was provided. Regression analyses revealed that pro-environmental beliefs were significantly related to support ratings for alternative energy sources. Subjective norms, however, were the strongest positive explanatory factor, suggesting that social mechanisms may be key drivers of support for new and emerging energy sources and related technologies.
Keyword Energy
Support
Technology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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