Task 28 Work Plan and Objectives

Task 28 Work Plan


Capture.jpgWind energy forms an important part of policy goals in IEA Wind TCP member countries working to meet their renewable energy obligations. However, social acceptance continues to be a key constraint on the development of wind energy projects. Projects that encounter concerned host communities – and, in some cases, opposition – can have increased costs and timelines, which decrease the overall rate of wind energy deployment.

In the face of the intensifying and dynamic challenge of social acceptance of wind energy in most parts of the world, IEA Wind TCP Task 28 on Social Acceptance of Wind Energy Projects serves as an international forum and working group involving Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Portugal, Switzerland, and the United States.

To achieve renewable energy policy objectives, social acceptance needs to focus on the needs of all stakeholders such as policy makers, regulators, developers, local communities and special interest groups. For the purposes of the task we defined ‘social acceptance’ as a favorable or positive response relating to proposed or developed technology by members of a given social unit (country or region, community or town and household, organization).

Task 28's efforts will focus on four work packages which emerged from the 2016 survey results, which will be advanced using the identified three key themes. The integration of these are shown in the diagram below, followed by a description of each of the Work Packages (WPs). T28 Phase III is centered on three key themes, which are listed below.

Value-added Research

This theme will seek to develop and inform new research opportunities.

Research activities within the Task may be in the form of meta-analysis looking across individual experiences in the global wind industry, methods standardization (to ensure better comparability and protocols across research conducted in other countries), and methods development (e.g., articulating best practices in survey design and implementation or applying new methodological approaches).

In addition, it is the intent of T28 Phase III to seek new research opportunities for established and new researchers in the field.

Outreach and Dissemination

This theme will be designed to facilitate continued deployment of wind energy in a manner that is both compatible with society’s climate objectives as well as the needs of individuals and communities where wind energy development may be considered. 

Wind industry community engagement practitioners need assistance in how to successfully accomplish such deployment. Country participants will be encouraged to engage with stakeholders from their own countries and endeavor to include a wider range of interests in attendance at T28 meetings. A training framework for community engagement practitioners will be explored.

Interdisciplinary Engagement

This theme will maintain both international and interdisciplinary networking and knowledge exchange opportunities. Such networking and exchange will provide unique opportunities for cross-fertilization of new ideas over international borders, as well as direct opportunities for feedback from practitioners and regulators to academic researchers seeking to develop or refine the focus of ongoing or new research.

These opportunities will be facilitated through regular T28 meetings and expert meetings. Given the emphasis on networking and exchange within T28, deliberate and ongoing efforts by the Operating Agent and Task participants to ensure representation from a sufficient number of countries and disciplines will be essential.

Expected Results

Expected results from Task 28 activities could include:

  • Continued expansion of international collaboration and knowledge transfer including linking to efforts by other groups involved in wind energy.  Such groups may include, but are not limited to, Renewable Grid Initiative (RGI.org), European Technology & Innovation Platform (ETIP) on Wind Energy & EWEA/Wise Power, Wind 2050 Research Group and European Academy of Wind Energy. Outcomes will include:
    • Briefing notes
    • Local workshops
    • Research summaries
    • Best practice guidelines
    • Case studies
    • Training initiatives
    • Collaboration on topic specific research projects
  • Dissemination of research, information and recommendations to government, regulatory bodies, along with the research, wind development, and environmental communities, through a webinar series, development of one page fact sheets and summaries of pertinent research findings, slide decks of relevant information, and other direct outreach approaches.
  • Continued enhancement and maintenance of Task 28 website (on new IEA Wind platform) to facilitate easy access to existing literature and relevant information on social acceptance of wind development relevant to stakeholders such as researchers, wind developer, host communities, regulators and opinion leaders.
  • Continued development and publication of briefing papers that advance the understanding on central issues concerning social acceptance of wind energy.

Task 28 Phase III