Population’s acceptance of new power lines cannot be bought - study
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.
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For background, read the CLEW dossier The energy transition and Germany’s power grid.