Task 5.4 Assessing the social acceptance of increased ramping rates

Social acceptance will be assessed by in-depth interviews of different stakeholders, focusing on both the community and the socio-political dimension of social acceptance. A variety of people uses the rivers, in which hydropower plants are located, for multiple purposes, like recreation, kayaking and salmon angling. In addition to these potential local conflicts of use, the interviews will investigate the impact of issues such as environmental justice, ownership, participation and public concern about environmental consequences. Based on the outcome of the social acceptance study, we will formulate some guidelines to power producers and policy makers for public and stakeholder participation and involvement related to how to increase public acceptance of highly flexible operation of power plants.

Deliverables and milestones

D5.6 – Assessment of social resistance and acceptance to 30 starts/stops


  • MS35 – Performing interviews among stakeholders along Nidelva
  • MS40 – HydroFlex tool launch

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