Good Practice Principles Launched
Local Energy Scotland is pleased to announce the publication of the Scottish Government Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments.
This document has been created under CARES and has been developed with input from an advisory group over the course of 2013. The draft principles were released for public consultation in November 2013 and have now incorporated this feedback. A summary of responses to the consultation is available for download here.
Fergus Ewing MSP launched the principles today, commenting:
"Community benefits from renewable energy offer a unique and unprecedented opportunity to communities across Scotland. The adoption of the Good Practice Principles is a landmark moment in encouraging developers to invest in community benefit schemes arising from renewables development.
“This Guidance has drawn mainly on experience from the onshore wind sector but the Scottish Government would like to see community benefits promoted across all renewables technologies."
Jennifer Ramsay, Community Benefits Officer at Local Energy Scotland has been involved in the development of the principles and said:
"We hope this document will be a useful tool for those engaged in the delivery of community benefits from onshore renewables. The development process incorporated views from a range of stakeholders and we are very pleased with the final result, which is a practical guide to the step-by-step requirements, while also detailing the high-level expectations from Scottish Government."
"The draft principles were well received, and we hope that now finalised, this document will go on to inspire more innovative and effective arrangements across Scotland. Local Energy Scotland provides support to developers and communities involved with community benefits, and we encourage any stakeholders to get in touch on 0808 808 2288."
The development process incorporated views from a range of stakeholders and we are very pleased with the final result, which is a practical guide to the step-by-step requirements, while also detailing the high-level expectations from Scottish Government