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Common approach to how to get permission to put up wind turbines in European countries

Increased public resistance is making the siting of wind energy projects in many European countries ever more problematic. Unfortunately, this coincides with an increased interest in wind energy by European utilities, stimulated by political demands to increase renewable energy penetration and the improved economics of larger turbines. The handbook, giving guidelines for achieving planning approval developed during this project, is a valuable tool for utilities wanting to develop commercial scale projects.

Increased public resistance to wind energy projects means that planning applications for such developments are now difficult to obtain in many European countries. European utilities have been involved in wind energy projects for varying lengths of time, but as political pressure to implement renewable energy intensifies and the economics of wind energy improve, their interest in this technology will increase. Simultaneously their interest in achieving planning permission for commercial scale projects will also increase. Legislation, regulations and guidelines regarding the development of wind energy projects which take the specific characteristics of these into account are still lacking in many countries, even in those which have adopted specific wind energy development targets or programmes. The aim of this project was to analyse the handling of implementation and permission procedures for wind energy projects in European countries. It was intended that conclusions and recommendations on how to reach acceptance and permission when future wind power projects are to be sited would then be developed for utilities involved. The final objective of the project was to collect all this information together into a draft handbook detailing the various steps which have to be taken to obtain acceptance and permission for utility power projects of a commercial scale.

Reported by

Elkraft Power Company Ltd
Lautrupoej 5 RES_OG_PCD 2750
Ballerup
Denmark
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