Analysis of administrative and grid access barriers affecting wind energy development in the EU27 – A toolkit for policy makers.

Running time: 01 December 2008 – 30 November 2010

Wind Barriers, an Intelligent Energy Europe project aimed to gather up to date and comprehensive information on the administrative and grid access barriers that obstruct the development of wind energy in Europe. It ended on 30 November 2010.

The project intended to quantify lead times for projects installed in the last 12 months (2008), both onshore and offshore, across the EU-27. The data gathered inter alia covers the timeframe for getting the necessary permits, the costs linked to the process, the number of actions involved, the success and failure rate of the applications etc. The data was obtained from national wind energy associations, and from project developers active in the EU-27.

The final results of the project including recommendations were published and disseminated by the consortium in  the second part of (from April to October) 2010 through the organisation of workshops in five EU countries, including three in new EU Member States (Hungary, Poland, Romania), and meeting with different policy-makers and grid operators.

To view the full publication please click here, Administrative and grid access barriers to wind power.

Executive Summaries

•    English version
•    German version
•    Hungarian version
•    Spanish version

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