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Delegates are invited to meet and discuss with the poster presenters during the poster presentation sessions between 10:30-11:30 and 16:00-17:00 on Thursday, 19 November 2015.

Lead Session Chair:
Stephan Barth, ForWind - Center for Wind Energy Research, Germany
Constant Delatte Quelia, France
Co-authors:
Constant Delatte (1) F
(1) Quelia, Paris, France

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Presenter's biography

Biographies are supplied directly by presenters at EWEA 2015 and are published here unedited

M. Constant Delatte, M.Sc. in Physics and renewable energies, has been working as a consultant in renewable energies for almost 15 years. He has recently founded Quelia, a public dialog agency dedicated to renewable energies. Constant Delatte carefully adapts public dialog methodologies to the specifications of wind, biomass and solar projects development in Europe and particularly in France. His work includes large field experience and broad interactions with representatives of the societal surroudings of projects (public expectations, fears, wanders and leverage). Constant Delatte is also member of the board of DebatLab, the association of public dialog professionals in France.


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Abstract

Public appropriation of wind energy : new challenges, new solutions

Introduction

Although wind energy has the potential to be one of the most efficient short and long-term means of substitution to fossil fuels, the industry ability to contribute at a global level to reducing green house gases emissions is strongly conditioned to citizen appropriation (also known as social acceptance) of wind energy technology.

Approach

As many other public decisions, the implementation of a wind energy project is growingly conditioned to public appropriation. Despite general understanding the NIMBY (Not In My BackYard) phenomenon does not solely explain rejection of projects by their neighborhood. A profound need for renewed democracy is also called for in regards to public decisions such as those affecting the environment like wind project permitting. Concerned citizens (neighbours, local environmentalists, etc.) intends to really be part of the decision making process and the sincerity of a public consultation hence holds the trust that will be alleged to a project developer by the local public.

Main body of abstract

Building a long-term and structured relationship with local representatives of citizens is thus the challenge facing an increasing number of project developers.

The Aarhus Convention inspires modern legal framework for public participation in decision processes. While offshore projects benefit from a more recent and strict regulation in regards to public participation, most onshore wind project fall through regulations and project developers have to craft and conduct their own consultation process.
There is hence a dramatic gap between the actual permitting public consultation requirements and what really can be accounted as public participation.

The challenge ahead of developers, and, more generally, facing the wind industry, is to carefully and continuously establish trust with the public. This may require for national representatives of wind energy professionals to promote a reliable, culturally adapted set of guidelines for public consultation.

Such guidelines could include specific topics on transparency and sharing of environmental and technical data, specific means to communicate and consult the public, and national initiatives that may facilitate such processes.

Conclusion

The need for structure is usually understood across the stakeholders and spontaneous approaches of the public are conveyed with relative success. But in a near future there is no doubt that, from country to country, different laws will regulate the way the public is consulted. The industry should anticipate and start building its own guidelines to help promote.


Learning objectives
The objective of the presentation is to alert the industry on growing concerns from the public in regards to consultation processes. It will provide with orientations towards what could be implemented in a near future to avoid growing the distance between those who benefit from wind energy and those who actually live near wind farms.
The presentation will be completed with examples, opinion polls as well as best practices.