There is an examination of the planning and financial factors affecting outcomes of implementation of distributed generation in terms of wind turbines in the UK. On the planning side this emphasises the importance of influence of the people living nearest to the proposed windfarm. Developers can improve their chances of success by increasing public participation and local ownership of the schemes. On the financial side, the UK's version of a green certificate system is assuring onshore wind power developers achieve good rates of return. However, there are doubts whether this system is cost-effective in comparison with 'feed-in' tariffs, and, also, the system is failing to ensure speedy deployment of offshore windfarms.
- feed-in tariff
- local attitudes