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Public acceptance of offshore wind power: does perceived fairness of process matter?

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This paper analyses the findings of recent mail surveys of residents living near two proposed offshore wind power projects – Cape Wind off Massachusetts and Bluewater Wind off Delaware. In 2009, 57% supported Cape Wind, while 80% supported Bluewater Wind. To measure the relationship between perceptions of public process and substantive support or opposition, we assessed opinions of procedural fairness, local community voice and trust in developers. A plurality ofresidents in both cases is relatively satisfied with the process, while statistical modelling suggests that satisfaction with the process and outcome may be mutually reinforcing or jointly determined.
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Keywords: fairness; offshore wind; procedural justice; public opinion; transparency

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Marine Science and Policy, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, University of Delaware, 204 Robinson HallNewark,DE,19716, USA 2: Sea Grant College Program, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii, 2525 Correa Road, HIG Room 238Honolulu,HI,96822, USA

Publication date: December 1, 2012

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