Report  |  16 May 2011

How to win public acceptance for green energy

The case of Samsø

By Stefan Nicola

The tiny Danish island of Samsø is a role model when it comes to overcoming resistance to renewable energy projects. Completely eliminating big business, organizers there have involved their fellow citizens in large-scale energy infrastructure decisions by enabling them not only to discuss the changes to their landscape, but also offering them to own the wind turbines to be installed. Once a fossil fuel importer, Samsø today meets all its electricity with renewables and offsets more greenhouse gases than it emits. Experts from all over the world travel to this island to learn from its example.

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