Where should wind energy be located? A review of preferences and visualisation approaches for wind turbine locations

Journal Article

Title: Where should wind energy be located? A review of preferences and visualisation approaches for wind turbine locations
Publication Date:
July 01, 2019
Journal: Energy Research & Social Science
Volume: 53
Pages: 23-33
Publisher: Elsevier
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Citation

Hevia-Koch, P.; Ladenburg, J. (2019). Where should wind energy be located? A review of preferences and visualisation approaches for wind turbine locations. Energy Research & Social Science, 53, 23-33.
Abstract: 

One of the main drivers for acceptance of wind turbines by the public is their level of visual impacts. While recent studies have focused on estimating the welfare loss of visual impacts from wind turbines, a large share of the studies has used no or very simple visualisations of the visual impacts at stake. These studies thus rely on the cognitive skills of the respondents to imagine wind turbines of different sizes and at different locations. Based on a theoretical argument, we propose a framework for classifying different visualisation types and utilise it to review recent Stated Preferences (SP) wind power studies. The review is subsequently used to discuss the use of visualisations of wind turbines in the SP studies, highlighting the frequent choice of not using visualisations, as well as the need to raise the bar when designing scenario descriptions for valuation of the visual impacts of wind turbines.

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