Public perception of sustainable energy innovation: A case study from Tilos, Greece

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Renewable and smart grid technologies play a key role in delivering a sustainable energy future for non-interconnected islands. In this context, societal acceptance of proposed interventions manifests itself as a major determinant of planned transitions. With extant scholarship on public acceptability of sustainable energy technologies focusing on local opposition to wind farms, this paper presents timely survey data from the island of Tilos to provide a better understanding of energy-users’ perceptions vis-à-vis novel smart island proposals. Against stultifying narratives highlighting the lack of community acceptance for local interventions, we uncover: a) the widespread acceptance of sustainable and smart energy solutions, and b) the willingness of a large proportion of locals to play their part, as engaged energy prosumers, in a green energy transition. In turn, these findings form the basis for future academic and technical interventions on the island, and inform broader conclusions on public engagement around energy.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-254
JournalEnergy Procedia
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019
EventApplied Energy Symposium and Forum, Renewable Energy Integration with Mini/Microgrids, REM 2018 - Rhodes Greece
Duration: 29 Sep 201830 Sep 2018

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