Welsh onshore wind industry signs declaration on community benefits

27 June 2013 (Last Updated June 27th, 2013 03:30)

Onshore wind farm developers and operators in Wales have signed a declaration to offer long-term benefits for communities that host wind farms.

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Onshore wind farm developers and operators in Wales have signed a declaration to offer long-term benefits for communities that host wind farms.

The declaration was signed to ensure a consistent and transparent approach in the way developers work with communities.

RenewableUK Cymru, which heads the wind sector in Wales, said the declaration will also guarantee that economic and community benefits are maximised.

The initial signatories of the declaration are Amegni, REG WindPower, RES, RWE Npower Renewables, SSE, Tegni Cymru, Vattenfall, West Coast Energy, and RenewableUK Cymru.

More developers are anticipated to sign the declaration in the coming weeks.

As part of the declaration, developers have agreed to work together in areas where there is more than one wind farm, so that the community can get the maximum benefits.

As part of the declaration, developers have agreed to work together in areas where there is more than one wind farm, so that the community can get the maximum benefits.

The developers will also focus on delivering benefits on a regional scale and secure extra funding where possible.

The declaration aims to ensure that people have access to the best possible advice and services when the community benefits scheme is being set up and administered.

RenewableUK Cymru deputy director Llywelyn Rhys said the declaration is a first for the wind industry in Wales.

"This is an opportunity for the industry to build on its history of engagement and contributions and ensure that communities are empowered to make investment decisions that reflect their priorities," Rhys added.

"We also want to make sure that the benefits are used in an efficient and strategic way that results in a durable and long-lasting legacy."

Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones said: "The Welsh Government is committed to ensuring that communities affected by energy developments genuinely see the benefits of those developments."


Image: RenewableUK Cymru has been working with the Welsh Government to develop the community benefits declaration and the proposals within it. Photo: Courtesy of RenewableUK.

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