Australian consumer attitudes and decision making on renewable energy technology and its impact on the transformation of the energy sector

Sommerfeld, Jeff & Buys, Laurie (2014) Australian consumer attitudes and decision making on renewable energy technology and its impact on the transformation of the energy sector. Open Journal of Energy Efficiency, 3(3), pp. 85-91.

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Abstract

This paper critically examines research on consumer attitudes and behavior towards solar photovoltaic (PV) and renewable energy technology in Australia. The uptake of renewable energy technology by residential consumers in Australia in the past decade has transformed the electricity supply and demand paradigm. Thus, this paper reviews Australian research on consumer behavior, understanding and choices in order to identify gaps in knowledge. As the role of the consumer transforms there is a critical need to understand the ways consumers may respond to future energy policies to mitigate unforeseen negative social and economic consequence of programs designed to achieve positive environmental outcomes.

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ID Code: 76358
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Solar Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Residential Consumers, Energy Policy, Australia, Transformation, Feed-in-Tariffs
DOI: 10.4236/ojee.2014.33009
ISSN: 2169-2645
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified (169999)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.
Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY).
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Deposited On: 25 Sep 2014 22:14
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2014 21:22

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