The final results oriented report is now available. It comprises the project main findings.
The real life scenarios part consisted of engaging with ‘real life’ wind farm projects and other potential stakeholders (such as TSOs, local communities’ owned projects, projects where communities own a part) once the WE Engage Toolkit was finalised (January 2016). The scope of this task was to see, to apply and test the measures provided in the WE Engage Toolkit either on real life wind farm projects or on projects already ended in order to do an ex-post evaluation. Read more on its findings, the way project developers engaged with communities in the final report on the real life testing.
WISE Power launched an online tool for onshore wind farm developers and industry stakeholders to engage with local communities on permitting and planning of wind sites. The online tool website — WE Engage — aims to foster public support for onshore wind power through information and advice to communities, Transmission System Operators, developers and local authorities.
The Draft Social Acceptance Pathways (SAPs) have been finalised and are available in 11 languages in pdf format and glossaries (in xls). They will be tested, validated and revised through a series of working meetings, e-conferences and test exercises. To find out more visit: http://wisepower-project.eu/draft-saps/
The second test exercise in Warsaw was a success attracting 15 participants. The attendees discussed strategies on providing information and engagement of stakeholders as well sharing of best practices used in Poland. All of them agreed that the session was very interesting and valuable. For more details please see the summary.
The ‘Report on innovative financing models for wind projects, expected to be supportive of social acceptance‘ has been finalised. The report presents the results of the validation process of the most promising innovative financing models for wind energy projects expected to improve social acceptance while still securing the bankability of the projects. The large majority of replies suggest that partnerships, either private with at least one cooperative or public private, are considered to be the most promising to fulfill the three effects that were analysed: create the most positive impact on social acceptance, improve the projects bankability and enable transferability to the home countries of the respondents.
The report on the ‘Status quo of social acceptance strategies and practices in the wind industry‘ is now available. 207 questionnaires from 13 countries were compiled from interviews with representatives from administration, project developers, cooperatives, environmental organisations, financing institutions and other active in wind energy development. Shared ownership, community benefits and community involvement in the design process are all perceived as helping measures fostering acceptance. Respondents seem to be more in favour of consultation and dialogue as well as informational measures. Recent experience with public participation concentrates on the phases of permitting, construction and operation. Thus, extending public participation to the preparation phase or later project phases is an issue that requires further attention.
The report on innovative financing models for wind farms is now available. Based on a questionnaire drafted by Fraunhofer-ISI, APERe and REScoop, the report on innovative financing models for wind farms identifies promising measures and solutions for alternative financing. The report analyses the models currently implemented in the countries under study and highlights the key strengths and weaknesses of these models.
The first test exercise took place in Glasgow on the 25th of November 2014 under supervision of the Scottish Government. Test exercises are part of the WISE Power effort to enhance people’s acceptance of wind power projects by gathering together different actors in the field. The first test exercise attracted 15 participants from the wind industry, NGOs, banks, energy trusts associations and planning authorities raising fruitful discussions. The Test Excersise Agenda can be found here.
The first publication ‘Wind Acceptance: a Userguide for Developers and Municipalities‘ is now online. It contains a review of best practices, guidelines and toolkits on social acceptance in the wind energy sector.