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Valuing the Visual Disamenity of Offshore Wind Projects at Varying Distances from the Shore

Andrew D. Krueger, University of Delaware
George R. Parsons, University of Delaware
Jeremy Firestone, University of Delaware

Abstract

Several offshore wind power projects are under consideration in the United States. A concern with any wind power project is the visual disamenity it may create. Using a stated preference choice model, we estimated the external costs to residents of the State of Delaware for offshore wind turbines located at different distances from the coast. The annual costs to inland residents was $19, $9, $1, and $0 (2006$) for turbines located at 1, 3.6, 6, and 9 miles offshore. The cost to residents living on the ocean was $80, $69, $35, and $27 for the same increments.

Suggested Citation

Andrew D. Krueger, George R. Parsons, and Jeremy Firestone. "Valuing the Visual Disamenity of Offshore Wind Projects at Varying Distances from the Shore" Land Economics 87.2 (2011): 268-283.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/george_parsons/7