Attitudes towards Wind Farms in Ireland

In 2011 SEAI commissioned SQW Ltd and Dr. Geraint Ellis of Queen’s University Belfast to prepare a report that would provide advice on the potential to enhance the community acceptance of wind energy projects and related infrastructure in Ireland. In preparing this report, the study team conducted:

  • A review of international best practice of the issues, highlighting a range of potential factors and practices that offer innovative approaches to increasing community acceptance of wind energy projects;
  • A review of the academic literature that discusses community acceptability of wind energy projects, and which identifies interesting ideas that may not yet have been translated into practice;
  • A review of current good practice in Ireland, highlighting local examples of innovative practice and those areas where Ireland lacks aspirational models.   

Download a copy of the final report below:

Towards best practice in planning and implementing renewable energy projects

Approaches to enhancing planning and community acceptance

3rd July 2012, Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 2

This half day consultative forum brought together representatives from the public policy community, local authorities, the renewable energy industry and planning, environmental and community interests to focus on facilitating good practice timely deployment of renewable energy in Ireland.  It aimed to share some newly developed resources and practical perspectives towards encouraging good practice planning and implementation of renewable energy projects, particularly wind power projects.

The event shared the findings of a research study in the context for enhancing community acceptance of wind energy in Ireland, and presented practical experiences on social acceptance from the Irish Wind Energy Association and Eirgrid regarding delivery of the vital Grid 25 project.  The forum presented draft guidance on developing and implementing local authority strategies to facilitate renewable energy. 

Presentations from this event are available below:

Click here for information on the Consultation on Draft Methodology for Local Authority Renewable Energy Strategies (LARES) report.

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