ESRI Research Bulletin

Public acceptance of new renewable electricity generation and transmission lines

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February 25, 2021
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The research shows that the electricity system can accommodate the public's preferences for new wind farms and transmission lines but are subject to higher costs. With a policy target of 70 per cent renewable generation and growing electricity demand, electricity prices could dramatically escalate if there is a sharp deterioration in the public's acceptance of new energy infrastructure.