The focus: Innovative project funding
The consortium is united under the leadership of the EWEA, and consists of 14 partners (EWEA, dena, Acciona Energia, Terna Energy, AEE, APERe, UNDP Croatia, Fraunhofer ISI, Ecopower, Scottish Government, Guldborgsund, Dubrovnik, Western Isles, Province of Savona), and implements the project in the 13 target countries (see map). In addition, experts from different companies and associations contribute their know-how regarding various advisory boards to the project.
Together with Fraunhofer ISI, dena is one of the partners implementing project activities in Germany. Furthermore, dena is also coordinating the EU-wide communications campaign in collaboration with the EWEA.
The WISE Power project is being co-financed as part of the European Union's Intelligent Energy Europe programme, and is being implemented from May 2014 to October 2016.
www.wisepower-project.eu (in English)
Expansion of onshore wind energy in European markets is a key requirement for achieving the EU 2020 targets.
Onshore wind project planning and implementation is, among others, inhibited in wind growth markets in Southern and Eastern Europe due to the lack of acceptance from the local population, as well as from political decision-makers at the municipal, regional, and state level. Successful strategies for increasing social acceptance via strategic communication, participation models or compensation mechanisms are often not sufficiently known or used.
The objective of the WISE Power project is to determine successful strategies for increasing the social acceptance of onshore wind energy while incorporating all relevant interest groups (see diagram), to constantly develop it further, and to actively drive its increased application in Europe.