02 Dec '11, 12am

Scots to track green energy community benefits

A new public register to help communities benefit from renewable energy projects will be established next year by the Scottish government, it was announced last night. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing confirmed plans for the new register, which is designed to help communities negotiate payments for renewable energy projects by comparing them with previous deals. FURTHER READING Huhne opens UK’s first CCS plant 'Noisy wind farm' case settled out of court Currently, most large-scale commercial developers pay community benefits when setting up renewable energy projects, paving the way for investments in local projects, such as energy efficiency improvements for homes, children's playgrounds or graduate bursaries. Earlier this year, trade body RenewableUK established a Protocol specifying a £1,000 minimum payment per year per megawatt of installed wind power during the life of the...

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