A REVIEW OF PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARDS RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

ABSTRACT


It has been suggested that positive public attitudes towards renewable energy sources (RES) may play a critical role in enabling a transition towards renewable energy (RE) deployment. From this perspective, learning more about attitudes consists a key step in rendering efforts addressing the diffusion of RES effective. Hence, this article offers useful insights into the attitudes of the public to different types of renewable energies in various countries. The review of the relevant literature sources showed that the public was overall supportive to renewables but somewhat skeptical to the impact of RE installations on the environment and the natural landscape as well as the cost of RE applications. To overcome barriers, policymakers should develop strategies fostering positive attitudes and enhancing public information on renewable energy sources.


Key words: Renewable energy sources, public perceptions and attitudes to
renewable energy, public acceptance of renewables

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