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Winning social acceptance for wind energy in wind energy scarce regions

Publisert 25.10.2017

WinWind hopes to trace and increase the social acceptance of wind energy in wind energy scarce regions in Europe.

A new project, WinWind, aims to enhance the socially inclusive and environmentally sound market uptake of wind energy by increasing its social acceptance in wind energy scarce regions.

Within the framework of WinWind research centers, national energy agencies, renewable energy organizations and consulting groups co-operate. The project analyses regional and local communities´ specific aspects, socioeconomic, spatial & environmental characteristics and the reasons for slow market deployment in selected target regions. Furthermore, WinWind aims to identify inhibiting and driving factors for social acceptance, to carry out stakeholder dialogues and consultations in the target regions, to stimulate transfers of good practice solutions to specific local, regional and national contexts and to derive policy recommendations.

Specific objectives are: screening, analysing, discussing, transferring/replicating, testing & disseminating feasible solutions for increasing social acceptance. The project refers to a broadly recognized conceptual framework for social acceptance of renewable energy technologies differentiating between socio-political acceptance, market acceptance and community (project level) acceptance.

Project consortium

The consortium comprises 12 partner organizations from six European countries: Germany, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland and Spain. The partner organizations include knowledgeable research organizations and university institutes, public authorities and other public organizations including energy agencies and an environmental investment fund, one renewable energy association, SMEs including engineering and planning consultancies as well as the leading global network of municipalities and regions committed to building a sustainable future.

Wind energy scarce target regions

Project partners have selected for each participating country wind energy scarce target regions as the focus of their project activities as well as model regions (mostly with a high market share of wind energy) to provide potential best practice references, also with regard to social acceptance.

Below is an overview of WinWind target and model regions:

Germany - Thuringia, Saxony; Schleswig-Holstein (North Frisia), Brandenburg

Italy - Tuscany, Latium, Apulia, Sardinia

Latvia - Almost entire country

Norway - District of Fosen

Poland - Warmia-Mazury Region, selected municipalities of Opolskie voivodeship, Kościerski County, Municipality of Kisielice

Spain - Balearic Islands, Canary Islands

WinWind is coordinated by Dr. Maria-Rosaria Di Nucci and Michael Krug at the Environmental Policy Research Centre of the Freie Universität Berlin. Norwegian partners to the project are Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO) and Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE). WinWind has reveived funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 76717.