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Wind energy development and perceived real estate values in Ontario, Canada 

Author:  | Ontario, Property values

Abstract: This paper focuses on public concerns about real estate value loss in communities in the vicinity of wind turbines. There are some conflicting results in recent academic and non-academic literature on the issue of property values in general – yet little has been studied about how residents near turbines view the value of their own properties. Using both face-to-face interviews (n = 26) and community survey results (n = 152) from two adjacent communities, this exploratory mixed-method study contextualizes perceived property value loss. Interview results suggest a potential connection between perceived property value loss and actual property value loss, whereby assumed property degradation from turbines seem to lower both asking and selling prices. This idea is reinforced by regression results which suggest that felt property value loss is predicted by health concerns, visual annoyances and community-based variables. Overall, the findings point to the need for greater attention to micro-level local, and interconnected impacts of wind energy development.

AIMS Energy, Volume 2, Issue 4, Pages 424-442, 2014
doi:10.3934/energy.2014.4.424

Chad Walker
Jamie Baxter
Sarah Mason
Isaac Luginaah

Department of Geography, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
Danielle Ouellette
Environmental Science Program, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

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