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Public preferences for setting up a biomass power plant to combat open-field burning of rice crop residues: a case study of district Sangrur, Punjab, India

Kaur, Simrat (2020) Public preferences for setting up a biomass power plant to combat open-field burning of rice crop residues: a case study of district Sangrur, Punjab, India. Biomass and Bioenergy, 138. ISSN 0961-9534

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2020.105577

Abstract

Open field burning of rice crop residues in Punjab, India is a annual feature which is a serious environmental concern as thick smog engulfs the entire region, air quality index reaches to alarming levels and people struggle to breathe in the highly polluted air. The present study is an attempt to evaluate, in monetary terms, the willingness of people that a biomass based power plant be set up so that the practice of open field burning is halted. The willingness to pay (WTP) of people has been studied in Sangrur district, Punjab using Discrete Choice Experiments. Respondents representing the actual demographic of the district were randomly selected for the experiment. The study revealed that the highest WTP ( ₹ 187) was observed for the economic benefits of the power plant, that is, increase in revenue of the farmers and, employment and training opportunities for the locals. This was followed by the WTP for benefits that biomass based power plant would offer by reducing the health risks (₹ 165) associated with the burning of rice crop residues. The results of the study thus provide economic valuations of externalities associated with open field burning as well as underline the directions for bioenergy development in the state of Punjab, India.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2022 14:30
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2022 14:30
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/115971

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