Public Receptivity in China Towards Wind Energy Generators: A Survey Experimental Approach

26 Pages Posted: 2 May 2018 Last revised: 19 Apr 2019

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Shiran Victoria Shen

University of Virginia - Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics

Bruce Cain

Stanford University

Iris Hui

Stanford University

Date Written: April 14, 2018

Abstract

China leads the world’s wind energy market, but little has been written about public receptivity towards wind energy generators in China. To fill this gap, we pursue a survey experimental approach to examine explanations for receptivity based on evidence from OECD countries as well as the importance of public knowledge in augmenting public acceptance of wind energy generators in China. We find that Chinese respondents are sensitive to siting near their residences, to cost considerations when imposed on them directly, to wildlife externalities, and to noise from turbines. Interestingly, Chinese respondents seem to be concerned about radiation, a finding unprecedented in the literature, and are less assured by scientific assurances that radiation is not a problem. Instead, the Chinese central government is best suited to address concerns about this topic. Targeted information provision to the public can improve public knowledge about aspects of wind energy of concern. Hence, the Chinese central government can promote wind energy deployment not just because it is an authoritarian government determined to get things done, but also because it can provide relevant information to reduce potential public resistance.

Keywords: wind energy, public receptivity, wind turbine, China

JEL Classification: Q28, Q29, Q48, Q39

Suggested Citation

Shen, Shiran Victoria and Cain, Bruce and Hui, Iris, Public Receptivity in China Towards Wind Energy Generators: A Survey Experimental Approach (April 14, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3162794 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3162794

Shiran Victoria Shen (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics ( email )

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University of Virginia
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Bruce Cain

Stanford University ( email )

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Stanford, CA 94305
United States
3013208227 (Phone)

Iris Hui

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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