An Analysis of Permission Processes for Wind Power in Sweden
The expanding use ofwind power—an important sustainable and renewable energy resource—has given rise to value and interest conflicts, resulting in a complex and protracted permission process for establishing wind power stations. Existing academic analyses of these permission processes is performed in an informal everyday language, which may hamper the correct interpretation of various fundamental conceptual problems. This chapter reconstructs a typical permission process performed by Swedish authorities, following guidelines of the Swedish Environmental Code. It concludes that weighing decisions in permission processes seem to be based on conceptual mistakes due to the use of the notion of importance. These should be corrected by implementing a conceptual framework developed and applied in Multi-Criteria Decision Making.
KeywordsLegal permission process Wind power
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