Energy Justice as Part of the Acceptance of Wind Energy: An Analysis of Limburg in The Netherlands

Nikki Kluskens (Corresponding author), Véronique Vasseur (Editor), Rowan Benning (Editor)

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Abstract

Policy documents in Limburg stress the importance of participation and
distribution of benefits in wind energy projects, but it is not clear which modes of participation and distribution of benefits are most just, both in terms of perceived justice, and in terms of justice principles. Research shows that considering justice in renewable energy transitions increases the level of acceptance. This study aims to provide insight in what modes of participation and distribution are perceived as most just and likely to create local acceptance of wind parks. The most preferred modes are being compared to the indicators of the energy justice framework in order if they meet the criteria for a fair procedure and distribution of outcomes. Based on semi-structured interviews the analysis of
the data demonstrated that different modes of participation in different phases of the process are being preferred and that a balance between modes of distribution of benefits is preferred. The results indicate that the most preferred modes of participation cannot necessarily address all indicators of procedural justice and that depending on the mode of distribution of benefits and the balance between those modes indicators of distributive justice can be addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4382
Number of pages19
JournalEnergies
Volume12
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • acceptance of wind energy
  • cooperative development
  • energy justice
  • energy transition
  • modes of distribution of benefits
  • modes of participation

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