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Assessing socially acceptable locations for onshore wind energy using a GIS-MCDA approach

Assessing socially acceptable locations for onshore wind energy using a GIS-MCDA approach
Assessing socially acceptable locations for onshore wind energy using a GIS-MCDA approach
In the context of Great Britain, onshore wind provides the most cost-effective method of renewable electricity generation. However, projects often face opposition to development based on social issues, and there are concerns that existing geospatial modelling approaches fail to fully integrate these effects into their assessment. Building upon previous statistical analysis, this paper presents a geospatial multi-criteria decision analysis that integrates the technological, legislative and social constraints to determine suitable sites for onshore wind turbine development in Great Britain. The findings suggest that the capacity estimates for wind are less than 5% of what was previously estimated, yet opportunities remain for further exploitation of this resource.
1748-1317
160–169
Harper, Michael
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Anderson, Ben
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Harper, Michael, Anderson, Ben, James, Patrick and Bahaj, Abubakr (2019) Assessing socially acceptable locations for onshore wind energy using a GIS-MCDA approach. International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies, 14 (2), 160–169. (doi:10.1093/ijlct/ctz006).

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In the context of Great Britain, onshore wind provides the most cost-effective method of renewable electricity generation. However, projects often face opposition to development based on social issues, and there are concerns that existing geospatial modelling approaches fail to fully integrate these effects into their assessment. Building upon previous statistical analysis, this paper presents a geospatial multi-criteria decision analysis that integrates the technological, legislative and social constraints to determine suitable sites for onshore wind turbine development in Great Britain. The findings suggest that the capacity estimates for wind are less than 5% of what was previously estimated, yet opportunities remain for further exploitation of this resource.

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 January 2019
Published date: 6 March 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 429070
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/429070
ISSN: 1748-1317
PURE UUID: 48174642-305d-40e9-8d48-819ef3d7b08b
ORCID for Ben Anderson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2092-4406
ORCID for Abubakr Bahaj: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0043-6045

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Date deposited: 20 Mar 2019 17:30
Last modified: 30 Apr 2019 00:39

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Author: Michael Harper
Author: Ben Anderson ORCID iD
Author: Patrick James
Author: Abubakr Bahaj ORCID iD

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