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Task 28, Social Acceptance of Wind Energy Projects Task28

Results of IEA Wind Task 28 2012-2015

Monitoring of social acceptance of wind energy Projects
The working Group discussed possible targets, aims and methods of monitoring social acceptance of wind energy Projects over time in different countries.
While there are general survey systems in many countries, it would be interesting to have easily collectable "lead indicators" to compare acceptance developments in various countries or to monitor the success of public activities in the domain of social acceptance. As a result of the discussion, IEA Wind Task 28 intends to present a possible approach for interested authorities or instiutions to work on a set of such indicators.

The role of positive intermediaries Many countries know some sort of agents that mediate between the parties in a wind power planning process. Such agents can take on various forms and characteristics.
The working group intends to dedicate some of the meetings on this issue to draw issues learned and to find sort of a "role description" for possible further agents.

National expert meetings
As they met with quite a success in the first period from 2008 to 2011, the working group decided to continue the "national expert Meetings" also in the following period. Encounters took place in Japan, in Italy, in UK and Berlin (see Dissemination).

Results of IEA Wind Task 28 2008-2011

An overview on the results of the three year project is available in form of the Final Report.

Research activities within this new task will lead to the following results:

Work Package 1: State-of-the-Art
  • Produce a questionnaire for persons and projects
  • Make a list for the Kick-off-Meeting to state "Whishes" / "Needs" / "Requirements" and specify relevant projects (existing, planned or open)
  • Collect information on researchers and projects in different countries: Who is doing what

  • Create a Website and an online library
  • Write State-of-the-Art Report
  • Arrange a 1st workshop with the Support Group
    - Present State-of-the-Art Report
    - Define open questions
    - Define possible new case studies and research content
    - Evaluate key factors for success and non-success in the siting and micrositing processes

State of the Art-Report

Work Package 2: Best Practice
  • Analyze the various projects
  • - Analyze case studies to determine which strategy leads to best results
    - Compare and evaluate national and regional policy frameworks
  • Verify the underlying concept of Social Acceptance (triangle model)
  • Compare and evaluate different participation models ("How to turn affected people into involved parties")
  • Understand and describe the concept of "procedural fairness"
  • Describe proposed processes and strategies in the field of:
    - Stakeholder analysis, Participation processes, Planning procedures
  • Write Best-Practice Report
  • Arrange a 2nd workshop with the Support Group

IEA Wind Task 28`s Good Practice Recommendations resp. Recommended Practices.

Work Package 3: Dissemination
  • Collect existing material on courses etc.
  • Produce manuals, instructions for planners
  • Organize an international seminar or workshop in conjunction with the 3rd workshop of the Support Group

An important part of the Dissemination activities were various "national expert meetings" that were hold in connection with the working group meetings. For this and other Dissemination activities, see Dissemination