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Close or renew? Factors affecting local community support for rebuilding nuclear power plants in the Czech Republic

  1. 1. 0478090 - UGN-S 2018 RIV GB eng J - Článek v odborném periodiku
    Frantál, Bohumil - Malý, Jiří
    Close or renew? Factors affecting local community support for rebuilding nuclear power plants in the Czech Republic.
    Energy Policy. Roč. 140, č. 140 (2017), s. 134-143 ISSN 0301-4215
    Grant CEP: GA ČR GA16-04483S
    Institucionální podpora: RVO:68145535
    Klíčová slova: nuclear power plants * rebuilding * community acceptance
    Kód oboru RIV: DE - Zemský magnetismus, geodézie, geografie
    Obor OECD: Cultural and economic geography
    Impakt faktor: 4.140, rok: 2016
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421517300599

    Rebuilding and upgrading of existing nuclear power plants represent a great energy policy challenge today. In this paper, factors that affect local community support for the rebuilding of an existing nuclear power plant are explored using a regression analysis model. It is based on a survey involving nearly 600 residents of twelve municipalities located in the vicinity of the Dukovany power plant in the Czech Republic. Nearly two thirds of local population support the rebuilding of the plant. The support for rebuilding is not directly affected by distance of residence from the power plant or perceptions of its local economic impacts, but is more influenced by general perceptions of pros of nuclear power. Work in the power plant, perception of nuclear power as a clean energy contributing to climate change mitigation and negative attitude to the renewable energy development are strongest predictors of the support. In terms of energy policy implications, it seems that the education of the public and awareness of nuclear power plants as a clean, safe and landscape compatible system of energy production are more important for increasing acceptance of rebuilding projects than spatial distribution of economic benefits to local communities.
    Trvalý link: http://hdl.handle.net/11104/0274288
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