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Consumer willingness to pay for water conservation in the framework of renewable energy projects

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Title: Consumer willingness to pay for water conservation in the framework of renewable energy projects
Author: Riter, Amber
Advisor(s): Grimsrud, Kristine
Committee Member(s): Thacher, Jennifer
Berrens, Robert
Chermak, Janie
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Economics
Subject(s): contingent valuation
renewable energy
willingness to pay
LC Subject(s): Water conservation--New Mexico--Costs--Public opinion.
Renewable energy sources--New Mexico--Costs--Public opinion.
Environmental management--New Mexico--Costs--Public opinion.
Willingness to pay--New Mexico.
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: This research focuses on consumer valuation of the benefits associated with renewable electricity generation, specifically for water conservation. Previous contingent valuation studies in this area conclude that consumers are willing to pay for these benefits, but do not explicitly consider the environmental benefit of water conservation. The impact of this benefit is tested for a unique sample of New Mexican consumers by performing a split-sample study with a treatment variation in the benefit related information given to the respondent. The study is performed using the Internet survey mode for a sample population of 2000 University and University Hospital Staff. A response rate of 33.75% allows for 675 complete observations available for estimation. Willingness to pay is calculated following the Hanemann (1984) approach for different model specifications that adjust for certainty responses. These WTP measures are used to test for a significant difference between versions. I find that consumers do have an increased willingness to pay for the water conservation benefits of renewable energy projects in the full model as well as models adjusted for certainty.
Graduation Date: July 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/9788

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