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Quantifying the trade-off between cost-efficiency and public acceptance for onshore wind

McKenna, Russell; Weinand, Jann Michael; Mulalic, Ismir; Petrovic, Stefan; Mainzer, Kai; Preis, Tobias; Moat, Helen Susannah

Abstract:
Cost-efficiency and public acceptance are competing objectives for onshore wind locations. We quantify the link between economic wind resources and beautiful landscapes with over 1.5 million ‘scenicness’ ratings of around 200,000 geotagged photographs from across Great Britain. We find statistically significant evidence that planning applications for onshore wind are more likely to be rejected when proposed in more scenic areas. Compared to the technical potential of onshore wind of 1700 TWh at total costs of £280 billion, removing the 10% most scenic areas implies about 18% lower generation potential and 8-26% higher costs. We consider connection distances to the nearest electricity network transformer for the first time, showing that the connection costs constitute up to half of the total costs. The results provide a quantitative framework for researchers and policymakers to consider the trade-offs between cost-efficiency and public acceptance for onshore wind.

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Volltext (Version 2) §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000118671/v2
Veröffentlicht am 27.05.2020
Volltext (Version 1) §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000118671
Veröffentlicht am 24.04.2020
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Industriebetriebslehre und Industrielle Produktion (IIP)
Publikationstyp Forschungsbericht/Preprint
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 05.2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2196-7296
KITopen-ID: 1000118671
Verlag KIT, Karlsruhe
Serie Working Paper Series in Production and Energy ; 43
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung Früherer Titel der Publikation: "Improving renewable energy resource assessments by quantifying landscape beauty"
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