Assessment of public acceptability regarding wind turbine construction as perceived by environmental professionals

Aalastor M. Coleby, Peter A. Aspinall, David R. Miller

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    Abstract

    Research for this paper was undertaken with the aim of revealing perceptions of a select group of environmental assessment experts with experience in wind power regarding public opinion. The multi criteria decision making (MCDM) software was used to quantify the expert perceptions of what made a wind turbine site publicly acceptable. Seven environmental experts experienced in wind farm environmental assessment were interviewed using the 'Expert Choice' software. The software recorded and tested interviewee decisions regarding acceptable site types and the criteria that would make them acceptable in terms of public opinion. The need for this research was that historically many environmental expert reports used by wind power site developers that attempted to meet the various criteria for planning permission provided little or no information on public opinion regarding the proposed site that could later lead to it being opposed locally. © 2007 Imperial College Press.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)45-65
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management
    Volume9
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007

    Keywords

    • Environmental assessment
    • Expert choice software
    • Multi-criteria decision making
    • Public opinion
    • Site acceptability
    • Wind turbines

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