The willingness of Dutch citizens to participate in a prosumer community: a stated choice experiment

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The demand for energy in the world is continually rising. The local prosumer communities can be wellplaced to identify local energy needs, establish and support initiatives to reduce the energy demand. This paper aims to understand people’s willingness to participate in a prosumer community and the influential factors based on socio-demographic characteristics and attitudes. For that purpose, a stated choice experiment is designed to measure the preferences of Dutch citizens to participate in a prosumer community. In this research, two alternatives are presented to the respondents: own initiative and outsourcing of energy efficient implementations. In addition to the stated choice experiment, environmental statements were given to the respondents to assess their environmental attitudes. As a result of the data collection, 184 respondenses are obtained. A latent class model is used to analyse the data and rho-square is found to be 0.264. According to the results, two groups can be identified respectively as enthousiasts and conservatives with regard to willingness to participate in a prosumer community. In terms of socio-demographics and attitudes, there are statistically significant differences between the groups. These results are found to be useful to promote bottom-up initiatives and to suggest policies in order to form prosumer communities in local territories.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication24th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society GeoMultimedia 2019
EditorsM. Schrenk, V.V. Popovich, P. Zeile, P. Elisei, C. Beyer, J. Ryser
Pages799-808
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-9504173-6-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event24th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society GeoMultimedia 2019 - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
Duration: 2 Apr 20194 Apr 2019

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Conference24th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society GeoMultimedia 2019
CountryGermany
CityKarlsruhe
Period2/04/194/04/19

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Dane, G., Borgers, A., de Vet, L. F. J., & Mazairac, W. (2019). The willingness of Dutch citizens to participate in a prosumer community: a stated choice experiment. In M. Schrenk, V. V. Popovich, P. Zeile, P. Elisei, C. Beyer, & J. Ryser (Eds.), 24th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society GeoMultimedia 2019 (pp. 799-808)