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Social acceptance and contribution in wind energy projects

Skiniti Georgia

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Year 2021
Type of Item Diploma Work
Bibliographic Citation Georgia Skiniti, "Social acceptance and contribution in wind energy projects", Diploma Work, School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece, 2021
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Τhe object of study of this research was Society’s acceptance, as an important influencing factor in wind energy projects. The main aim was to identify people’s attitude towards wind farms, as well as answering two important questions: “What is the root of the problem, i.e., the objections to wind energy facilities?” and “In which ways can these protests fade out?”. The method chosen was survey research with questionnaires (approximately 600), which were based on a literature review. Afterwards, the selected data were analyzed via SPSS in three levels:1) by descriptive statistics, i.e., frequencies and crosstabs, 2) Binominal logistic regression, in order to create a model which relates the attitude towards wind farms, with the main factors causing it and 3) factor analysis with the intention of classifying the factors that influence people’s thoughts on windmills. The number of data and their different forms of processing, offered plenty of answers to the above questions, from which, the most important are mentioned. First of all, one of the survey’s findings was the overthrow of the talked-about phenomenon NIMBY, on the subject of people’s attitude towards windfarms. Consequently, a conclusion was conducted, that the main factor affecting this attitude is the formation of new job positions. Finally, it is considered necessary to conduct a complementary data analysis by using different methods, as also for a future study focusing on investors, to be held, so that a combination processing of the data can take place and any possible chasm will be mitigated.

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