Fostering social acceptance for wind power (WISE Power)
The WISE POWER project aims at accelerating and adding certainty to planning processes by decreasing local community opposition to wind energy, the overhead lines connecting them and other necessary grid infrastructure upgrades.
Promotion and improvement of Social Acceptance Pathways (SAP):
These pathways will aim to increase local awareness and participation in the conception, development and benefits of wind power projects and, consequently, shorten the lead time of administrative process by reducing resistance and appeals.
To achieve the overall objective, information on current community engagement and existing social acceptance measures - financial and non-financial - will be collated. The project will consider the relevant planning processes for wind projects, their grid connections and other necessary grid infrastructure in a representative sample of EU Member States as defined by the project.
The project will also develop improved social acceptance pathways for successful engagement with local communities and citizens (all key stakeholders).
The project will have a strong focus on alternative measures of funding such as community and cooperative funding of wind farms.