Wind power has a part to play in the necessary development of renewable energy. At the same time, it has impacts on the environments in which people live. This report summarizes research, chiefly from Europe and the United States, into the effects of wind power on human interests. One chapter is concerned with health, covering issues such as noise, shadows, and perceptions of annoyance. Another charts the local benefits of wind power projects, including new employment opportunities, as well as their impacts on tourism, recreation and reindeer herding.
The report goes on to consider landscape analysis, planning and amenity values. The European Landscape Convention calls for an integrated approach to landscape and talks about public participation in planning. The fourth chapter ties together the sections mentioned and, based on a presentation of methods and concrete examples, discusses the process of securing acceptance and support for wind power.
The report presents research findings that are of direct use in the process of dialogue and decision making on wind power. It is aimed at officials working for county administrative boards and local authorities, decision makers and developers, and the general public.