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Social Acceptance of
Wind Energy Projects

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Environmental and societal issues have become pivotal to the deployment of wind energy in many countries. Even where the economics of wind energy are favorable, deployment can only occur when the public and the planning authorities accept the technology. This requires an appreciation of the benefits of wind energy that weigh against any local visual and environmental effects.

The mission of the IEA Wind Implementing Agreement is to stimulate co-operation on wind energy research and development and to provide high quality information and analysis to member governments and commercial sector leaders by addressing technology development and deployment and its benefits, markets, and policy instruments. Due to the expected relevance of the outcomes of this task to the policy makers of the different countries, participants decided to make the results on guidelines, new methodologies, strategies, and best practices available to all participating IEA Wind countries, even when not directly represented in the task.

The work will produce a state-of-the-art report on the knowledge and results so far on social acceptance of wind power installations, including a list of studies and online library of reports and articles. The participants will establish “Best Practices” and tools for policy makers and planners to reduce project risks due to lack of social acceptance, accelerate time of realization of projects, accelerate the exploitation of the full potential of wind energy in the concerned countries, and establish strategies and communication activities to improve or to maintain the image of wind power. Social acceptance is an often used term in the practical policy literature, but clear definitions are rarely given. We intend to contribute to the clarity of understanding by distinguishing three dimensions of social acceptance, namely socio-political acceptance, community acceptance and market acceptance.

Task 28 work will officially start in 2009 and will conduct activities for three years–from 2009 through the end of 2011.

For more information, please visit the Task 28 Web Site.