The social acceptance of wind energy: Where we stand and the path ahead

Geraint Ellis, Gianluca Ferraro

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This paper reviews the research literature related to social acceptance of wind energy, and increasing levels of local opposition to project proposals. The report examines the meaning of social acceptance and highlights the main factors and the complex interactions between them. Key influences include the attitudes of individuals living in host communities; poor decision-making processes; questions over who gains and loses; and concerns over impacts such as visual intrusion, property values and health. The report concludes by highlighting the need to take a more strategic approach to addressing social acceptance involving a wide range of stakeholders and the need to make more effective use of research.


WorkshopInternational Energy Agency - Task 28 Social Acceptance of Wind Energy Workshop
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  • wind energy
  • social acceptance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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