Wind 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.