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Experts versus the Public: Perceptions of Siting Wind Turbines and Performance Concerns

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Neveen Hamza



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© 2022 by the authors.Experiences of wind turbines (WT) shape public perception and acceptance of the technology, influencing government policy, deployment, and land-use policies of wind turbines. This paper attempts to find changes in public perceptions over the last three decades and differences between experts and the public over different land-use options. A semi-structured questionnaire that integrates a visual survey of 10 images of WT technology in different urban, landscape and seascape settings was presented to both groups. The perceptions of siting, proximity, landscape type, and maturity of urban wind turbines’ technology in renewable energy generation were contrasted. The results revealed that both the public and experts alike significantly preferred images of WT inclusion in seascape and landscape settings and responded negatively to images of WT as an addition to buildings in urban contexts. Images of wind turbines around transport settings were ranked in the second set of acceptances, after landscape settings, indicating that closer proximity to WT is acceptable, but for a short duration. The analysis also highlighted a preference by the public for aesthetically engaging WT, even if they resulted in lower energy yields, but were less accepted by the experts who based their judgment on technical performance.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hamza N, Borg RP, Camilleri L, Baniotopoulos C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Energies

Year: 2022

Volume: 15

Issue: 20

Online publication date: 19/10/2022

Acceptance date: 12/10/2022

Date deposited: 07/11/2022

ISSN (electronic): 1996-1073

Publisher: MDPI


DOI: 10.3390/en15207743


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