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Att etablera vindkraftverk: Västerbottningarnas inställning till en utbyggnad av vindkraft och förändringar för att säkerhetsställa samrådets syfte
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

To establish wind power stations

-Attitudes toward an expansion of wind power in Västerbotten County and changes to secure the purpose of the consultation

This study examines the attitude of people in Västerbotten County toward an expansion of wind power in the county and what the decisive and significant underlying factors are. Furthermore, this study investigates what changes in the consultation process are needed so that a long-term development of wind power can occur. The study was performed through telephone interviews of 48 persons. The results showed that the majority of the people that participated in the study were positive to an expansion of wind power regardless of whether it is generally in the region or in their immediate surroundings. The results also showed that the attitude towards wind power vary by a small margin, where respondents who live nearby a wind power station are more negative to an expansion of stations in their immediate surroundings than respondents who don’t live nearby a wind power station (8 of 26 vs. 4 of 22, respectively). The results further showed that the most decisive underlying factor to the respondents’ attitude was the wind power is a renewable and environmentally friendly alternative. Furthermore, on the basis of the results the conclusions were assumed that some underlying factors to the respondents’ attitude changed when the wind power stations became established in the immediate surroundings. The conclusion that people want easy and impartial information on the wind power stations’ effects on humans and nature in order to be willing to change their attitudes towards wind power was assumed. The opinion poll also showed that the attitude of people in the county can contribute to conflicts when wind power stations will be established. Further research is needed, especially on what exact changes that need to be done to make sure that the purpose of consultation is fulfilled.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 49 p.
Keyword [sv]
Wind power, Västerbotten, consultation, attitude, renewable, environmentally friendly
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-38273OAI: diva2:374110
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
Available from: 2010-12-03 Created: 2010-12-02 Last updated: 2012-11-28Bibliographically approved

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