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

Journal Article

Title: Public acceptance of offshore wind power: does perceived fairness of process matter?
Publication Date:
December 14, 2012
Journal: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume: 55
Issue: 10
Pages: 1387-1402
Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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Citation

Firestone, J.; Kempton, W.; Lilley, M.; Samoteskul, K. (2012). Public acceptance of offshore wind power: does perceived fairness of process matter?. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 55(10), 1387-1402.
Abstract: 

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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