Vindkraft som Katalysator for Lokal Udvikling

With a goal of 40 percent renewable energy produced from local wind and biomass by 2020, the region Zealand has granted funds for the project Wind Power as a catalyst for local development. The project’s target group is citizens of Zealand who have an interest in engaging in local wind projects.

The project is based on the assumption that local ownership and local participation is necessary to increase acceptance among local citizens and ensure the implementation of wind turbine development. Therefore, the project aims to provide citizens with a solid knowledge base that gives them influence on wind turbine projects and the opportunity to develop their own, people-owned wind turbine projects.

As requested by citizens, the project will contribute initial wind and economics studies that illustrate the possibilities of erecting wind turbines in specific areas of Zealand. The project supports civil process in providing technical knowledge, arranging study tours and public meetings and inviting people to thematic meetings across the municipalities. The project is also working with the municipality to link the development of citizen-run wind projects with strategic municipal energy planning.

The project aims to create sustainable partnerships for the development of three to six wind projects. The project will also come up with good examples of processes that can serve as inspiration and foundation for the deployment of additional wind capacity in the region, as well as nationally. Thus the desired effect of the project: to set up several onshore wind turbines in the Zealand region.

Wind energy plays an important role in the future of renewable energy and in the fulfillment of municipal and regional energy objectives. The project generates important knowledge of the societal challenges associated with developing wind projects, local acceptance and citizen-owned energy. Local ownership can generate local development, leading to green growth associated with wind turbines and other energy projects.

 

FACTS

Partners

Roskilde University, The Green House in Køge, Holbæk, Kalundborg and Odsherred Municipalities, as well as Windpeople.

The project collaborates with the Danish Wind Power Association.

Funding

The project is financed by the Zealand Region with 1 million DKK. Municipalities and Windpeople contribute with working hours.

The total budget is 1.8 million DKK.

Duration

September 2015 – February 2017

Project management

Gate 21

More information

Lærke Møller Toftlund, project leader, Center for Energy Conversion