Policy - 01/September/2021

Local opposition threatens Europe’s wind targets

Europe’s wind industry is well-versed in community engagement and has a track record in bringing employment and social benefits to populations close to projects. But developers still face opposition and frequently suffer setbacks, a problem that could mean renewable energy targets are missed if lawmakers fail to act

Wind developers are getting inventive with schemes to improve community acceptance, but they need help with regulations

BACKYARD BRAWLS Despite major outreach efforts by developers, wind projects still face opposition

LOCAL HERO An increased focus on the economic and social benefits of nearby wind projects can help bring the locals on board

KEY QUOTE We only want to build projects in areas where we have local support ...

 

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