27 Jul '12, 10am

Great article on community energy. | "Scotland shows the way on community ownership" Windpower Monthly:

Great article on community energy. | "Scotland shows the way on community ownership" Windpower Monthly:

Indeed, in Germany, the public has embraced the idea so wholeheartedly that in some parts of the country it is generally accepted that the only people who can build a wind farm are those living in that area and such projects are expected to be virtually immune to legal challenge. On the other side of the North Sea, however, such involvement by communities in wind farm development is almost unheard of. When plans for a wind farm are unveiled in the UK, most of the action tends to come from those in opposition, while those in favour often remain silent. Permitting rates by project dropped to 54% in the UK in 2011. If involvement by communities has had such positive benefits in Germany and Denmark, why has it not taken off in the UK? Increasingly, there are signs of a new movement stirring into action. The bulk of activity is in Scotland, which began with a community-owned wi...

Full article: http://www.windpowermonthly.com/channel/policyeconomics/n...

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