Social Attitudes of College Students Toward Wind Farm Development in South Texas
International Journal of Sustainable and Green Energy
Volume 5, Issue 5, September 2016, Pages: 103-110
Received: Aug. 26, 2016; Accepted: Sep. 8, 2016; Published: Sep. 22, 2016
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Qing Song, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, USA
Jieming Chen, Department of Psychology and Sociology, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, USA
Adeshile Ajayi, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, USA
Francisco Haces-Fernandez, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, USA
Kai Jin, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, USA
Hua Li, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, USA
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In the last decades wind energy has enjoyed a rapid development and the endorsement from most of society. However, sometimes wind farms face skepticism from local residents and other stakeholders before and after installation. This paper reviews potential factor influencing public opinions on wind farms, and analyzes data from a survey carried out among college students in South Texas to search for empirical evidence of the opinion forming process about wind farms. The results show that it’s important to analyze opposition to these installations and the reason that cause this rejection, because these factors could derail the projects despite wide general support even if the project is well developed. It also shows that people appear to be overwhelmingly supportive on the issue of whether to support wind farms in general. However, once the question is whether to support building a wind farm near one’s home, the overriding concern is economic.
Wind Energy, Wind Farm Development, Social Attitudes
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Qing Song, Jieming Chen, Adeshile Ajayi, Francisco Haces-Fernandez, Kai Jin, Hua Li, Social Attitudes of College Students Toward Wind Farm Development in South Texas, International Journal of Sustainable and Green Energy. Vol. 5, No. 5, 2016, pp. 103-110. doi: 10.11648/j.ijrse.20160505.13
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