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WWEA highlights the importance of Community Power and publishes definition
The Fukushima tragedy has highlighted the urgent need to increase wind power and other renewable energy sources to transform the global energy system. In light of such prospects, Community Power is increasingly being viewed as an essential framework for developing such decentralized forms of energy.
Empirical studies have underlined the contribution of community ownership models of wind farms (Community Power) to social acceptance. A comparative study conducted in Germany by researchers from the University of Amsterdam reached the conclusion that the social acceptance of wind power is very high in general, and even higher when community members are directly involved.
In light of the strategic importance of this topic, WWEA decided to create a working group on Community Power. On the event of the 2nd Annual Community Power Conference in Toronto (Canada) last autumn, the working group members met to discuss the definition of Community Power.
The members of the working group, representing all continents, agreed on the importance of defining Community Power in order to give clear guidance to policymakers as well as to others involved in renewable energy and the general public. They agreed on the potential of Community Power to further accelerate the deployment of wind and other renewable energy technologies. It was also mentioned that Community Power can lead to a more democratic energy supply structure.
The WWEA Community Power working
A project can be defined as Community Power if at least two of the following three criteria are fulfilled:
Stefan Gsänger, WWEA Secretary General: "If we want to reach a 100 % renewable energy supply worldwide with wind energy as a cornerstone, we have to make sure that the local communities actively support this endeavour and that they benefit from the wind farms in their vicinity. Community Power ownership models offer an excellent approach to achieving this objective."
Last Updated: Friday, May 20, 2011 at 4:08:00 PM