Not in Anyone's Backyard? Civil society attitudes towards wind power at the national and local levels in Portugal

Ana Delicado, Luís Junqueira, Susana Fonseca, Mónica Truninger, Luís Miguel de Sousa Silva, Ana Horta, Elisabete Figueiredo

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Abstract

This article attempts to explain the swift development of renewable energy, in particular wind energy, in Portugal, by assessing the socio-political, community and market acceptance of renewables. We examine, on the one hand, the institutional and policy framework, the approaches to planning, and the ownership of facilities, and, on the other hand, the attitudes of Environmental Non-Governmental Organisations and citizens towards renewable energy in general and local windfarms in particular. Results show that a highly attractive feed-in tariff system and a system of planning decisions at the national level has led to an expansion of wind power, regardless of a less than enthusiastic public opinion and a sceptical environmental movement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-71
Number of pages23
JournalScience and Technology Studies
Volume27
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Renewable energy
  • Public opinion
  • Environmental non-governmental organisations

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    Delicado, A., Junqueira, L., Fonseca, S., Truninger, M., Silva, L. M. D. S., Horta, A., & Figueiredo, E. (2014). Not in Anyone's Backyard? Civil society attitudes towards wind power at the national and local levels in Portugal. Science and Technology Studies, 27(2), 49-71.