Landsvirkjun breaks new ground
Landsvirkjun broke new ground this year by using a new method for the presentation of Initial Environmental Impact Statements (IEIS) when an electronic version of the Environmental Impact Assessment for the Búrfell Wind Farm was released. This is the first electronic version to be released in Iceland and possibly worldwide.
The purpose of this new mode of presentation was to engage public attention early on in the project preparation process when the opportunity to submit suggestions and comments is still open and this feedback can then be used in the design process. The objective is to increase consultation with all stakeholders during the preparation phase for new power projects so that they can contribute to their progress. Electronic presentation methods show the visual impact of power projects more clearly than written reports.
The website was launched in October, 2015 and the reaction to this new approach to presenting Environmental Impact assessments was very positive. The website was also nominated for the Icelandic Web Awards.
In addition to releasing the report, we also held three open meetings to present the report at Arnes, Hella and Reykjavik and set up electronic information centres in Árnes and Hella.
The electronic Environmental Impact assessment for the Búrfell Wind Farm shows the visual impact of the proposed wind farm.