Concept and implementation of participation measures for the approval procedure of the pump-storage power plant Blautal

The municipal utility company of Ulm/Neu-Ulm (SWU) are planning, together with another company (Eduard Merkle), a pump storage hydro power station in the Blautal region. The project has given rise to concerns among the surrounding communities. The municipalities of Blaubeuren and Blaustein together with the project sponsors have agreed on an open dialogue that shall ensure maximum information and participation possibilities for the public. Oeko-Institute has been engaged as a neutral moderator and knowledge broker that also brings in its own expertise as an independent research institute (on energy markets, nature conservation, geology and law). Apart from public information and discussion events, a website exists that informs comprehensively and neutrally about the project, the formal approval procedure and the most important questions: