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Readiness and planning for more wind power: municipalities as key actors implementing national strategies
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6845-5525
Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, Faculty for Forest Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0427-5699
Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, Faculty for Forest Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0000-4816
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2022 (English)In: Cleaner energy systems, ISSN 2772-7831, Vol. 3, article id 100040Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the global context of rapidly developing wind-power technology, local governments have to balance local interests with larger scale targets when implementing national and international strategies. An implication of a new Swedish national strategy for wind-power development is considerable intrusion into natural resource-rich northern landscapes, where municipalities already strive to manage diverse surface demanding and legally valued land-use interests. Municipalities will thus play a key role in wind-power development. Results of our survey suggest that most municipalities have functioning wind-power plans, linked to their municipal comprehensive planning (MCP). However, so far, relatively few wind-power farms have been established, and municipalities have rarely used their right to veto, suggesting that most have not yet experienced significant problems linked to wind-power development. The municipalities rely on their right to veto, and only a third highlighted planning as a tool for handling the increasing demand for wind-power developments. Legislative changes regarding the right to veto and the status of MCP could affect local self-government considerably. Wind-power development could have major consequences for local landscapes and governments, and a municipal-wide policy regarding future wind-power development and MCP as a mediating tool must be secured to balance local interests with national ambitions.

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Elsevier, 2022. Vol. 3, article id 100040
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Local self-government, Veto, Municipal comprehensive planning, Mediating tool, Wind-power development, Sweden
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Political Science
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political science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-200966DOI: 10.1016/j.cles.2022.100040Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85174122772OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-200966DiVA, id: diva2:1710437
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Hållbar landbaserad vindkraft – synergi, integration eller konflikt mellan riksintressen
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Swedish Energy Agency, 47419-1Available from: 2022-11-13 Created: 2022-11-13 Last updated: 2023-12-11Bibliographically approved

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