The present study investigates the determinants of differences between public preferences for energy sources and the actual country-level energy mix (“dissatisfaction”). Nineteen European countries have been examined, drawing on data from the 2016 European Social Survey. The main findings are that trusting individuals express lower dissatisfaction with the share of renewable energy sources and greater dissatisfaction with the share of fossil fuels and nuclear power; and individuals who are worried about energy security expressed an inflated preference for programmable energy sources (e.g. fossil fuels and nuclear power). The implications of the findings and the importance of public energy preferences for shaping policy views are briefly discussed.

Assessing energy dissatisfaction in Europe: evidence from the European Social Survey

Pasquale Falcone;Alessandro Sapio;
2022

Abstract

The present study investigates the determinants of differences between public preferences for energy sources and the actual country-level energy mix (“dissatisfaction”). Nineteen European countries have been examined, drawing on data from the 2016 European Social Survey. The main findings are that trusting individuals express lower dissatisfaction with the share of renewable energy sources and greater dissatisfaction with the share of fossil fuels and nuclear power; and individuals who are worried about energy security expressed an inflated preference for programmable energy sources (e.g. fossil fuels and nuclear power). The implications of the findings and the importance of public energy preferences for shaping policy views are briefly discussed.
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