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The Long-Term Impact of Wind Power Generation on a Local Community: Economics Analysis of Subjective Well-Being Data in Chōshi City

by 1,2,*, 1,3 and 1,4
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Research Institute for Environmental Economics and Management, Waseda University, Tokyo 169-8050, Japan
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Department of Business Administration and Information, Kyoto College of Economics, Kyoto 610-1111, Japan
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Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Tokyo 169-8050, Japan
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Faculty of Economics, Fukui Prefectural University, Fukui 910-1195, Japan
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Academic Editors: Miguel-Angel Tarancon and Vincenzo Bianco
Energies 2021, 14(13), 3984; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14133984
Received: 10 May 2021 / Revised: 25 June 2021 / Accepted: 30 June 2021 / Published: 2 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Economic Analysis on Energy and Environmental Issues and Policy)
In this study, we analyzed the external effects of wind turbines, which are often considered detrimental to the promotion of wind power generation. Understanding these externalities is essential to reaching a consensus with residents who live near the site of a planned wind turbine. Our research objective was to determine the relationship between wind turbines and people’s well-being in areas where they have been installed for a long time. We hypothesized that wind turbines would have a negative impact on people’s well-being. We conducted a survey by postal mail in Chōshi City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, to examine the external effects of wind turbines, adopting a subjective well-being index to measure respondents’ well-being. Regression analysis suggests that having a view of wind power turbines has a positive effect on the subjective well-being of local residents. Moreover, the results indicate that such well-being increases with increasing distance from the turbines. Except for scenic elements, we found that wind turbines are not always considered desirable by residents. Therefore, it is important to further clarify the external influence of wind turbines and other facilities in local communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: subjective well-being; wind turbines; renewable energy; externalities; life satisfaction approach; local residents subjective well-being; wind turbines; renewable energy; externalities; life satisfaction approach; local residents
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Kunugi, Y.; Arimura, T.H.; Nakai, M. The Long-Term Impact of Wind Power Generation on a Local Community: Economics Analysis of Subjective Well-Being Data in Chōshi City. Energies 2021, 14, 3984. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14133984

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Kunugi Y, Arimura TH, Nakai M. The Long-Term Impact of Wind Power Generation on a Local Community: Economics Analysis of Subjective Well-Being Data in Chōshi City. Energies. 2021; 14(13):3984. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14133984

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Kunugi, Yushi, Toshi H. Arimura, and Miwa Nakai. 2021. "The Long-Term Impact of Wind Power Generation on a Local Community: Economics Analysis of Subjective Well-Being Data in Chōshi City" Energies 14, no. 13: 3984. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14133984

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