30 Sep '12, 12am

UK government shows support for community wind

UK government shows support for community wind

“This new call for evidence will look at ways to reward host communities and ensure that wider investment, employment and social benefits are felt locally,” said Ed Davey, the UK’s Energy Secretary. The community benefits consultation will seek new information on: Barriers to community engagement and how to address these; How wind farms could deliver wider environmental and social benefits to communities e.g. by providing grants for playgrounds; Best practice in local consultation by developers; Ways to maximise participation by local businesses in the economic supply chain for wind projects; and Innovative ways to reward host communities, such as offsetting electricity bills. The Government will also seek the latest information on the cost of onshore wind to confirm whether subsidies from April 2014 have been set at the correct level. “Onshore wind has an important role t...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/uk-governm...

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