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Other stakeholders and interested parties

 

Welcome to the WE Engage Toolkit for members of the public, Non-Governmental Organisations and any other stakeholders interested in wind energy development.

 

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What will you gain using the toolkit?

 

This page is aimed at and contains information relevant for all individuals and organisations interested in wind energy development that are not specifically covered in the WE Engage user groups.

Depending on an organisation’s interest, role, size and experience (amongst other factors), the interaction with social engagement practices will vary, and therefore this page is intended to give a high-level overview of some examples and case studies, rather than specific advice.

The scope for involvement of any group depends also on the country legislation.

 

Information Measures

 

Each relevant stakeholder  should be able to access all the information measures made publicly available by project developers and local authorities (based on the Aarhus convention).

 

Engagement Measures

 

Each relevant stakeholder should investigate if they can work with local communities to ensure their views are taken into account. For example, there may be opportunities to attend meetings, participate in the site-selection process,  or work with local authorities. This will depend on the developer involved, and the scope for participation in the wind farm. Early engagement and discussions are encouraged.

 

Access to innovative financial measures

 

Any interested organisations should investigate if they can work with local communities to explore any possibilities of accessing innovative financing and becoming a financial partner in the project. This will be dependent on the developer involved and the project itself.

CASE STUDIES: Arranged by type of measure, country and development phases of a wind farm

I. INFORMATION MEASURES

 

These case studies are examples of projects where groups have received information on projects in interesting or innovative ways.

 

PHASE 1: SITE SELECTION

BELGIUM – FLANDERS

Environmental NGOs often come up with their own suggestions for the development of wind energy. At the end of the nineties, the Dutch federation Stichting Natuur en Milieu together with the federations in the 12 provinces created a 56 page brochure with detailed suggestions for the implementation of wind projects in all local provinces. In 2002 this was developed into a brochure “Frisse Zeewind“.

 

GERMANY

Example of an information website by a German association to foster acceptance for wind energy in their community.

 

Example of a newsletter by a German association to foster acceptance of wind energy in their community.

 

In Schönau, in the Black Forest, after the nuclear accident in Chernobyl, a group of local residents wanted to get involved in the management of the grid. They are now one of the bigger suppliers of clean energy and are operating 7 electricity and 2 natural gas grids.

 

DENMARK

As a reaction to the plans of the Danish government to develop nuclear power, a group of citizens took the initiative to build a wind farm themselves. The famous 2 MW “Tvind” mølle” celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. The group is proud that the construction of Tvindkraft came to play a political role in the true sense of the word, as the wind turbine became a proof of what citizens can do when united relying on its own forces. It was a huge achievement; the team carried out the process in just 2 years and 10 months. They thus created industrial innovation which placed Denmark in the lead internationally within wind energy. More information is available here.

The group is very proud that the turbine contributed to  the government policy not to opt for nuclear power at that time.

PHASE 2: PLANNING

BELGIUM – WALLONIA

The UVCW (Union des Villes et des Communes de Wallonie) in Belgium issued an article informing its members (the municipalities) about the existing regulatory measures relative to the legal structures enabling the engagement of a municipality in a wind farm project.

 

GERMANY

Example of an environmental group attending public meetings on building wind farms (see also another environmental group).

 

PHASE 4: OPERATION

BELGIUM – WALLONIA

APERe published an article in its monthly magazine ‘Renouvelle’ regarding the operation of a wind farm in Estinnes (Wallonia, Belgium), made up of eleven 6 MW machines, the most powerful onshore wind turbines at that time (March 2009).

APERe published an article regarding the purchase of a wind turbine by the cooperative VENT DU SUD (Wallonia, Belgium). This cooperative built its own wind turbine in less than 2 years, a real success in the wind energy sector!

 

 

 

II. ENGAGEMENT MEASURES

 

PHASE 2: PLANNING

GERMANY

Example of an NGO co-organising and participating in a street stall for a wind energy project.

 

 

III. FINANCIAL MEASURES

 

PHASE 2: PLANNING

BELGIUM – WALLONIA

APERe published an article in its monthly magazine ‘Renouvelle’ regarding citizens’ crowdfunding.

 

 

Please do not hesitate to share with us your experience.

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