EU COMMUNITY WIND
Are Local Crowd-Funded Turbines The Future For Wind Energy?
Frederik Dahlmann, June 2, 2015 (The Conversation via Science 2.0)
“The UK’s onshore wind power industry may have been dealt a huge blow by new government policies…but this apparent setback should instead be seen as an opportunity. Elsewhere in Europe local, cooperative wind power is flourishing…[G]overnment support for onshore wind power in the UK is ending…[This] may provide the sector with a much-needed incentive and an opportunity to develop new business models that increasingly rely on and reward local ownership and support given that communities are now in charge…[I]n countries such as Denmark and Germany…onshore wind projects are predominantly in the hands of mid-size firms and owned largely by communities and small investors. In Denmark, too, local municipalities determine whether and where wind turbines can be placed. This suggests that empowering local decision makers and drawing on citizen investment schemes can actually have positive effects…This is a model that could be adopted in the UK…” click here for more