Trust in key actors
Trust is a pivotal factor, together with procedural justice and distributional justice in fostering community acceptance of wind power.
Lower levels of acceptance are usually associated in decreasing trust in public institutions and energy operators. Such a process was reported in cases where decisions on new plants were taken without consideration of the citizens’ points of view. Case study analysis on community-led initiatives, instead, showed how the adoption of voluntary agreements based on trust and perceived equity were conducive to high levels of social acceptance. Another relevant aspect to be taken into consideration is transparency in communication.
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The WinWind project considered trust as a meaningful dimension to assess wind energy national and local policies. Here below further readings:
Taxonomy of social acceptance drivers and barriers page 11
Technical and socio-economic conditions pages 6,41
Synthesis and Comparative Analysis of Best Practice Case Studies for Promoting the Social Acceptance pages 61-62