SCBA of Lage Weide wind farm

Both tiers of Utrecht’s local government (Mayor and Aldermen, City Council) have given the go-ahead for achieving CO¬2 neutrality by 2030. Under the programme ‘Utrecht’s Energy!’ the aim is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by the year 2020. One element of this programme is the Lage Weide wind farm, an initiative of the Energie-U cooperative. In order to come to a robust and integral assessment of the pros and cons of the various alternatives (for incorporation in the ‘draft structural vision’) a social cost-benefit analysis (SCBA) was carried out, a method for charting all a project’s economic effects (also known as welfare impacts). To enable comparison, as far as possible these effects have been expressed in monetary terms.

SCBA of Lage Weide wind farm

Authors CE

Martijn Blom
Geert Warringa

Delft, April 2013