Increasing social acceptance of wind power in EU regions through environmental and community-based planning

  • Duration: 1. phase 1.3.2023–1.3.2026 and 2. phase 1.3.2026–1.3.2027
  • Project webpage
  • Lead Partner: Western Greece region, Greece
  • Partners: Zemgale Planning Region (Latvia), North and West Regional Assembly (Ireland), University of Patras (Greece), Flemish Brabant Province (Belgium), Danube Central Organization Nonprofit Ltd. (Hungary), Świętokrzyskie District Marshal’s Office (Poland), Autonomous Region of Murcia – Directorate General of Natural Environment (Spain), Asturias Energy Foundation (Spain), and the Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia (Finland)
  • Funding program: Interreg Europe 2021-2027
  • Total budget: 1.98 million euros
  • Regional Stakeholder Group: Centre for Economic Development, Transport and Environment of South Ostrobothnia, City of Kauhajoki, Into Seinäjoki, Leader Kuudestaan, Leader Suupohja, Municipality of Isojoki, Municipality of Kuortane, Municipality of Vimpeli, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, the Finnish Wind Energy Association, and the Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia, and Thermopolis Oy

The Project in Short:

The project will enable partners to address two major obstacles for the introduction of wind energy: the opposition of local communities and complicated permit practises.

The aim of the project is to:

  • Better the social acceptability of wind power through exchanging experiences and getting to know the policies of the regions, and to support the expansion of its deployment
  • Bring wind power and biodiversity policies closer together, support the discussion with civil society, introduce the community to financing and revenue sharing models and improve local level cooperation with wind power
  • Development of policy instruments and strengthening of expertise in making wind power policy.
  • Strengthening the interaction and mutual understanding of parties for the introduction of wind power.
Partner representatives in the project kick-off meeting in Patras 28.4.2023
Partner representatives in the project kick-off meeting in Patras, Greece, 26.4.2023.