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Economic perceptions on wind-energy diffusion in Karnataka state, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Economics, Davangere University P. G. Centre, Guddadarangavvanhalli, Chitradurga, 577 502, Karnataka, India
  • 2Department of Economics, KLS Gogte College of Commerce, Tilkwadi, Belgavi, 590 006, Karnataka, India
  • 3Department of Studies in Economics, Davangere University, Shivagangothri, Davangere, 577 002, Karnataka, India

Res. J. Engineering Sci., Volume 6, Issue (2), Pages 5-19, February,26 (2017)


Renewable wind-energy is an inevitable both for developed and developing countries as far as sustainable development is concerned. The present study appraises economic perceptions on wind-energy diffusion in Karnataka, India, where positive externalities out of renewable diffusion is expected. Using non-probability quota sampling method with fully structured questionnaires, the study finds interesting results on wind-energy diffusion. That is lack of education, lower level of social participation, less adaptability for wind farms, lower economic benefits to local inhabitants, less employment opportunities, negative externalities, inappropriate geographical location, and asymmetric information on wind farms lead for inappropriate coordination among individuals and wind farms. This makes lower diffusion in terms of supply of electricity and hence lower economic development.


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