Shared Ownership as a Means to Create Acceptance for Renewable Energies

Shared Ownership as a Means to Create Acceptance for Renewable Energies
2008 - 2010
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Institut für Psychologie (FB Umweltpsychologie), Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

Zentrum Technik und Gesellschaft (ZTG) der Technischen Universität Berlin

Overview

The project "Shared Ownership as a Means to Create Acceptance for Renewable Energies" is part of a research cluster on involvement, ownership and acceptance of renewable energy technologies (Verbundvorhaben: „Aktivität und Teilhabe – Akzeptanz Erneuerbarer Energien durch Beteiligung steigern“), coordinated by the University of Magdeburg, Faculty of Environmental Psychology. Ultimate aim of the research cluster is to develop recommendations how the acceptance of renewable energy technologies can be enhanced by establishing means to involve local actors in processes related to the construction and operation of renewable power plants. Means of involvement are characterised and systematically analysed. Within the research cluster the term „involvement“ comprises both participatory involvement in planning processes as well as financial involvement. The impact of involvement processes as well as different (financial) ownership approaches on the regional acceptance of renewable energy technologies is assessed. The assessment takes an actor specific perspective: characterizing different approaches according to the impacts on various stakeholder groups involved.  

The IZT project specifically adresses approaches for a broader financial involvement of local and regional actors in the construction and operation of renewable power plants. A special focus is set on biomass plants. The goal is to develop concepts and processes for efficient involvement of a large number of local actors. Transaction costs need to be minimized. The concepts need to be in line with regional planning proceedures. In one case study region, IZT will engage a participatory stakeholder process to identify and refine suiteable involment concepts together with local stakeholders.

The results of the project are being condensed into information material (slides presentation) which can be used by investors, associations and regional networks to initiate regional ownership processes.

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