Master English 5 ECTS

Wind Energy in Society – course

Please notice

From December 1st 2022, the price of the Online Master in Wind Energy and the related courses will change.

If you sign up for spring courses no later than December 1st 2022, you will be charged the current course fee of 11,000 DKK.

The spring courses include: Offshore Wind Farm Planning, Hybrid Power Plants, Wind Energy in Society, Aerodynamics and Aeroelesticity, and Grid Connection and Integration of Wind Power.

If you sign up for Master courses after December 1st 2022, you will be charged 15,000 DKK for each Master course.

Wind Energy in Society

This course provides you with an overview of the elements of the planning process for the development of wind farms.

You will get the siting of a wind farm explained within the context of society, the environment, and fundamental economic principles.

During the course, you will work with:

  • Planning and permitting of wind farms
  • The process from the developer’s viewpoint and that of the planning authority
  • Environmental issues and mitigation measures
  • Effect on societies and approaches to develop wind projects
  • Relationship development with stakeholders and enrollment towards green energy
  • Support mechanisms
  • Key parameters for the economic evaluation of projects – net present value, internal rate of return, and levelized cost of energy

Learning objectives

Once you have completed the course you will be able to:

  • Describe the major steps in the planning process to obtain the planning permit for both onshore and offshore wind farms.
  • Explain the main steps in the process when carrying out an environmental impact study (EIA).
  • Identify the main environmental impacts of wind power and suggest mitigation measures.
  • Describe possible ways in which a local community can benefit from a wind farm.
  • Address major common concerns of people living close to wind farms and how these could be addressed.
  • List principal stakeholders in a typical project and outline their possible interests.
  • List common developer types and the main characteristics of their approaches to stakeholder engagement.
  • Calculate key financial parameters for a wind farm project and explain their relevance.
  • List commonly used policy support mechanisms for wind energy and discuss their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Explain the fundamental characteristics of both private economics and socio economics.


This course is part of the Online Master of Wind Energy.

If you want to study the course, you need to be accepted to the Master’s programme.
Read more about the admission requirements for the Online Master of Wind Energy.

Learnign online

The course is divided in 13 modules, one per week in the semester. Each module includes a combination of video lectures, exercises, quizzes and/or reading material depending on the module. This course material is available any time to allow for flexible studying conditions.

Furthermore, you are offered weekly live Q&A sessions to get in dialogue with the course lecturer and fellow participants.


This course is concluded with an oral exam, conducted online.



13 weeks

Start 1. February

11.000,00 DKK