Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techsoc.2009.10.009
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dc.titleThe cultural barriers to renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States
dc.contributor.authorSovacool, B.K.
dc.date.accessioned2011-03-04T07:01:02Z
dc.date.available2011-03-04T07:01:02Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationSovacool, B.K. (2009). The cultural barriers to renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States. Technology in Society 31 (4) : 365-373. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techsoc.2009.10.009
dc.identifier.issn0160791X
dc.identifier.urihttp://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/20560
dc.description.abstractIn an effort to make the social dimensions of energy conversion and use more visible, this article investigates the cultural barriers to energy efficiency technologies and devices and renewable power generators in the United States. To discover the cultural impediments to these technologies, the author conducted 181 formal, semi-structured interviews at more than 82 institutions (including electric utilities, regulatory agencies, interest groups, energy systems manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, consulting firms, universities, national laboratories, and state institutions) from 2005 to 2008. These interviews were supplemented with an extensive literature review. The study finds that the apparent disconnect between how electricity is made and how it is socially perceived perpetuates public apathy and misinformation about it; also that deeply held values related to consumption, abundance, trust, control, and freedom shape American attitudes toward energy. As a result, wind farms and solar panels (along with other renewable power systems) are often opposed not because they are a poor alternative to fossil fuels, but because people simply do not comprehend why such technologies may be needed. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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dc.sourceScopus
dc.subjectCultural barriers
dc.subjectEnergy efficiency
dc.subjectEnergy policy
dc.subjectRenewable energy
dc.subjectUnited States
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentLEE KUAN YEW SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY
dc.description.doi10.1016/j.techsoc.2009.10.009
dc.description.sourcetitleTechnology in Society
dc.description.volume31
dc.description.issue4
dc.description.page365-373
dc.identifier.isiut000215251800005
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