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Data on Energy Policy Published by Researchers at University of Otago


  2012 MAY 11 - (VerticalNews.com) -- According to the authors of a study from Dunedin, New Zealand, "New Zealand (NZ) aims to expand the deployment of wind energy as one means to achieve 90% of electricity generation from renewables by 2025 and in addition to reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions. Due to electricity market regulations that inhibit market entry for independent developers, New Zealand's wind energy development has been limited to primarily large wind farms developed by a handful of electricity utilities."

  "In contrast to many other countries, NZ lacks policy support for entry of smaller investors into the wind generation sector. In order to gage the acceptability of a feed in tariff (FIT) for wind energy in New Zealand, a survey questionnaire (366 respondents) with land owning farmers and semi structured interviews with wind energy stakeholders was conducted. Although international literature suggests that a FIT would be the most suitable policy support scheme to accelerate wind energy deployment, this conclusion was not reached by many influential stakeholders in NZ. However, a majority of the surveyed farmers supported the introduction of a FIT for wind energy," wrote M.S. Schaefer and colleagues, University of Otago.

  The researchers concluded: "The study also revealed that farmers' acceptance of wind energy in their local area increases with their awareness about climate change issues."

  Schaefer and colleagues published the results of their research in Energy Policy (The suitability of a feed-in tariff for wind energy in New Zealand-A study based on stakeholders' perspectives. Energy Policy, 2012;43():80-91).

  For additional information, contact M.S. Schaefer, University of Otago, Dept. of Phys, Dunedin, New Zealand.

  The publisher of the journal Energy Policy can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England.

  Keywords: City:Dunedin, Country:New Zealand, Region:Australia and New Zealand, Economics, Oil & Gas

  This article was prepared by VerticalNews Economics editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2012, VerticalNews Economics via VerticalNews.com.

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