Wind Energy in Society

This course provides an overview of the elements of the planning for the development of a wind farm. The siting of a wind farm is explained within the context of society, the environment and fundamental economic principles.

Learning objectives

After completing this course, the participant is able to:
  • Describe the major steps in the planning process to obtain the planning permit for both onshore and offshore wind farms.
  • Explain the main steps in the process when carrying out an environmental impact study (EIA).
  • Identify the main environmental impacts of wind power and suggest mitigation measures.
  • Describe possible ways in which a local community can benefit from a wind farm.
  • Give major common concerns of people living close to wind farms and how these could be addressed.
  • List principle stakeholders in a typical project and outline their possible interests.
  • List common developer types and the main characteristics of their approaches to stakeholder engagement.
  • Calculate three key financial parameters for a wind farm project and explain their relevance.
  • List commonly used policy support mechanisms for wind energy and discuss their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Explain the fundamental characteristics of both private economics and socio-economics.


Duration and exam

The course has a duration of 13 weeks and concludes with an oral exam.

ECTS points

By completing the course you will be awarded 5 ECTS points, equivalent to 9-10 hours of studying per week.

Course responsible

Special Advisor Tom Cronin, DTU Wind Energy


Tom Cronin
Senior Advisor
DTU Wind Energy
+45 46 77 59 61