Stakeholder Engagement and Social Science

NREL's focus on stakeholder engagement and social science research—coupled with our information tools and resources—puts us in a unique position to build connections across the spectrum of wind energy stakeholders.

Arizona Wind Working Group stakeholders.

NREL is committed to connecting community decision makers and planners with topical experts to support fact-based wind energy planning and siting. We have demonstrated success in convening stakeholders, including government, industry, communities, and various interest groups, to gain a local perspective when addressing siting concerns and identifying needed resources. By providing wind energy tools, maps, workshops, and other resources, our team supports wind energy developers and those living near wind energy facilities by quantifying wind's positive impacts on communities.

Learn about wind-related stakeholder engagement and social science projects.

Information, Tools, and Resources

Through the program, NREL provides resources to help communities navigate the impacts associated with wind energy siting and planning. In addition to facilitating technical assistance for public wind energy inquiries, NREL also conducts analyses and provides foundational siting information to illuminate the impacts of wind energy to local communities.

Areas of Expertise

  • Siting, permitting, and project development
  • Cost/benefit analyses
  • Partnerships/collaborations.

Outreach and Engagement for Community Impact Issues

NREL collaborates with partners to share experiences and best practices, develop and provide information tools and resources, and address community siting and planning needs through access to issue-based expertise and knowledge.

Areas of Expertise

  • Assessing community impacts
  • Providing technical resources to mitigate siting and planning barriers
  • Conducting engagement activities that facilitate information exchange.

Social Science Research of Wind Energy Acceptance

There is a growing need to understand factors that influence stakeholder opinions about wind energy and how they impact wind project deployment. Through domestic and international collaborations, NREL is gathering and assessing input to create a research strategy addressing this need.

Areas of Expertise

  • Original research and data collection
  • Levelized cost of energy impacts
  • Community engagement.

Partner with Us

The Flatirons Campus includes office space for industry researchers, experimental laboratories, computer facilities for analytical work, tools and machine shops, and space for assembling components and systems.

NREL offers a variety of ways for organizations to gain access to our wind technology expertise:

Partner with us through technology partnership agreements.

Participate in subcontracted wind research through solicitations and requests for proposals.

Use our cutting-edge research facilities to develop, test, and evaluate wind technologies.

Learn more about working with NREL.