IWEA community engagement seminar hears from international experts

03 Jul 2018

Speakers from Canada, Scotland, Germany and Denmark shared their lessons from community engagement and ownership in developing wind farms at a recent IWEA seminar held in Dublin.

Supported by Green Tech Skillnet the large audience included guests from the environmental, academic and community backgrounds as well as leaders from Ireland’s growing wind industry.

The seminar was organised to build on IWEA’s new Community Engagement Strategy, launched at our Spring conference in March, and to learn from best practice how best to improve how we engage with local communities.

In the coming months IWEA’s newly formed Community Engagement Committee will be looking at how we can build on those international experiences to develop our own thinking and to identify innovative new ways to work with and to support local communities.



To watch or download the presentations from the conference please click on the links below.


Dr David Connolly is the CEO of the Irish Wind Energy Association and formerly the organisation’s Head of Policy. 

Download: David Connolly – Community Engagement and Social Acceptance


John Brereton is the President of Natural Forces, a privately owned mid-sized renewable energy developer based in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Watch John’s presentation on the Canadian experience.

Download: John Brereton - Wind energy and community engagement in Canada


Fabian Tenk works at the World Wind Energy Association headquarters in Germany as Project Manager in the field of Community Wind.

Watch Fabian’s presentation on the German experience.

Download: Fabian Tenk - Wind energy and community engagement in Germany


Chris Morris has managed Local Energy Scotland since 2013 and is responsible for the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES).

Watch Chris’ presentation on the Scottish experience.

Download: Chris Morris - Wind energy and community engagement in Scotland


Simon Robinson is the founder of Snell Bridge, an Edinburgh-based FCA registered corporate finance business that specialises in the renewable energy sector.

Watch Simon’s presentation on models of community ownership.

Download: Simon Robinson - Models of community ownership of wind farms


Mio Schrøder is Head of the Wind Power Municipal Planning & Environmental Assessment Department at PlanEnergi consulting in Denmark.

Watch Mio’s presentation on the Danish experience.

Download : Mio Schroder - Wind energy and community engagement in Denmark