Social acceptance

Wind energy as a technology achieves an unmatched social consensus. Nevertheless, neighbours and the public very often perceive local projects as inequity and threat. The existing instruments in planning and participation step up this effect: within the framework of the delimitated wind energy areas (wind conditions, distances to settlements, bird protection areas), the concrete localisation of turbines follow private interests or shady aesthetic arguments (so called valuable zones, protected areas or existing impairment), that are not comprehensible for the people concerned and the public.

The TUM LAREG projects research how regional and local proceedings and public participation could be qualified by the implementation of holistic landscape aesthetic concepts, informal masterplans and diversity of planning variants.

Photo: Interviews zur gesellschaftlichen Akzeptanz, Berching, Foto: LAREG