News Digest Item
18 Sep 2018

Population’s acceptance of new power lines cannot be bought - study

Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI Essen)

Offering municipalities financial incentives for building new power lines needed for the energy transition does not change the acceptance rate of the local population, according to a study by Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI Essen). Additionally, if citizens were offered 100-250 euros per year, this could even have negative effects on their approval, the researchers found following a survey with more than 10,000 participants.

Find the press release in German here.

For background, read the CLEW dossier The energy transition and Germany’s power grid.

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