Master’s studies

Syllabus for Policy, Planning and Permission for Wind Energy

Policy, planering och tillstånd för vindkraft


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1GV141
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Wind Power Project Management A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2016-03-10
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2016-11-08
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2017
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within engineering, science or social science. Also required is Wind Power Project Development and Management, 15 credits, and Wind Resource Assessment and Energy Estimation, 10 credits.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After having passed the course the student should be able to:

  • account for and draw conclusions of fundamental theory in spatial planning for wind energy development
  • analyse and apply rules, regulations and permission practice related to wind energy development
  • analyse environmental impacts of wind energy utilisation, opposing interests and acceptance of wind power projects
  • suggest and analyse financial incentives related to wind power projects
  • evaluate social relevance and ethical consideration in wind power development
  • design and execute a consultation meeting based on current research findings and industry experience for a wind farm


The course covers theory and application of spatial planning for wind energy development and wind power projects. Local, regional and national regulations and permits are studied. The importance of good communication and acceptance among all stakeholders are practice in role play. Financial incentives and environmental considerations are evaluated for their potential effects in planning and on-schedule project execution. A role play of a consultation meeting for a proposed wind farm will be enacted as well as evaluation of social relevance and etical considerations at wind power development.


Lectures, seminars, role play, group and field work.


Written hand-in assignments, project report, seminars, role play and oral presentation, 3 credits. Oral examination, 2 credits.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2017

  • Learning from wind power : Governance, societal and policy perspectives on sustainable energy Szarka, Joseph.; Cowell, Richard.; Ellis, Geraint.; Strachan, Peter A.; Warren, Charles.

    Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

    Find in the library


  • Mels, Tom Planning and Landscape analysis

    Institutionen för geovetenskaper, 2011

    Compendium is available at course start


Supplementary literature will be available at course start of about 75 pages.