08.02.2018 – New article in Energy Policy on the public acceptance of different siting options for deep geothermal energy
The results of our Swiss-German cross-national study (N = 814) on the acceptance of different siting options for deep geothermal energy are now available in Energy Policy. We studied how the public responds to four siting scenarios with different heat benefits and induced seismicity risks. We found that the public prefers projects sited in remote areas and using residual heat for industrial applications. The results in Switzerland and Germany were rather similar, but the Swiss public was generally more positive. Importantly, induced seismic risks affected acceptance ratings most strongly. Thus, policies to reduce the risk of induced seismicity must be given the highest priority to enable an open dialogue.
Knoblauch, T.A.K., Trutnevyte, E., Stauffacher, M., 2019. Siting deep geothermal energy: Acceptance of various risk and benefit scenarios in a Swiss-German cross-national study. Energy Policy 128, 807–816. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.ENPOL.2019.01.019February 8, 2019