WinWind: Increasing the acceptance of Wind Energy

Project Implementation Period: 
October 2017 - March 2020
Specific Funding Programme: 

European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement Nº 764717


Total: €2.124.462,50​ Euro

EU Contribution: €2.124.462,50​ Euro

About the Project: 

WinWind is a project that aims to enhance the socially inclusive and environmentally sound market uptake of wind energy through efforts to increase its social acceptance in 'wind energy scarce regions' (WESR). The project is funded by the EU H2020 research and innovation programme. The specific objectives of the project include the screening, analyzing, discussing, replicating, testing and disseminating of feasible solutions for increasing the social acceptance of wind energy, and thereby increasing its market uptake.

The project considers WESR in Germany, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Norway and Poland and explores these from a multidisciplinary perspective. These selected countries represent a variety of realities ranging from large (but WESR) to very scarce wind energy penetration.

WinWind analyses regional and local communities´ specificities, including their socio-economic, spatial & environmental characteristics and the reasons for slow market deployment in the target regions. In doing so, all individual and collective rights of the indigenous people (Article 27. UN Human Rights Committee) will be taken into consideration. The operational tasks of the project are taken up by national/regional Stakeholder Desks consisting of project partners, market actors and other stakeholders in each participating country.

Best practices to overcome the identified obstacles are assessed and – where feasible – transferred. The project has a special focus on novel informal/voluntary procedural participation measures, direct and indirect financial participation measures & benefit sharing. Finally, policy lessons with validity across Europe are drawn and recommendations proposed.

Each country hosts a Stakeholder Desk that is responsible for the operational tasks of the project. The desks consist of the local project partners and selected stakeholders and market actors (e.g. developers, investors, community energy groups, associations, local/regional authorities, policy-makers, and NGOs). The results of the project will be made available as an interactive online support tool and as a guide on how measures can inspire local solutions. The project will devise a set of key criteria and principles for creating fair wind energy and inform decision-making across all levels of governance.

Project partners

  • Coordinator: Freie Universität of Berlin - Environmental Policy Research Centre (FUB-FFU)
  • Seecon Ingenieure
  • ENEA- Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development
  • Ecoazioni
  • Institute of Physical Energetics (IPE) – Fizikālās Enerģētikas Institūts (FEI)
  • Latvian Environmental Investment Fund (LEIF)- Latvijas Vides Investīciju Fonds (LVIF)
  • CICERO- Centre for International Climate Research - Senter for klimaforskning
  • Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE)
  • Polish National Energy Conservation Agency - Krajowa Agencja Poszanowania Energii S.A. ((KAPE)
  • Asociación Canaria de Energías Renovables (ACER)
  • ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability