Linking The Value Of Energy Reliability To The Acceptance Of Energy Infrastructure: Evidence From 15 EU Countries


Oct. 3, 2013

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Klaus Moeltner, Virginia Tech

Existing studies on the acceptability of energy-related infrastructure have centered around how to overcome the Not-In-My-Backyard (NIMBY) phenomenon amongst local stakeholders, focusing primarily on drivers such as community participation, provision of information, and direct economic benefits to impacted communities. Most of this work is based on international case studies, qualitative comparisons, and stated choice experiments that offer respondents a variety of implementation bundles. To date, none of these contributions have related the acceptability question to the value of power provision to the same stakeholders. We fill this gap by combining an analysis of outage vulnerability with an examination of infrastructure acceptability using a unique, EU-15 data set with household-level information on both aspects of power provision. We find that local residents' sensitivity to outages can significantly boost acceptability of new energy infrastructure projects. This stresses the importance of creating awareness amongst stakeholders on how planned infrastructure expansions relate to energy security at the individual level.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. A light lunch will be provided. Location
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