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A developer’s perspective of community benefit funds. Claire Addison Communications Manager AES Wind Generation. AES Wind Generation. D eveloper and operator specialising in medium to large scale wind projects in the UK.

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A developer s perspective of community benefit funds

A developer’s perspective of community benefit funds

Claire Addison

Communications Manager

AES Wind Generation


Aes wind generation
AES Wind Generation

  • Developer and operator specialising in medium to large scale wind projects in the UK.

  • Responsible for development and operation of almost 300MW of installed capacity, with over 300MW in development.

  • Member of Renewable UK and Scottish Renewables.


Aes and community benefit funding
AES and community benefit funding

  • Independently administered

  • Offered for 25 year life of each site

  • Index linked

  • Decision on structure and priorities trusted to local communities

  • Community profile offered

  • Support for strategic and long-term projects


North rhins wind farm
North Rhins Wind Farm

  • Located on the Rhins peninsula, between Stranraer and Portpatrick.

  • Operating since January 2010.

  • 11 turbines with a total installed capacity of 22MW. 

  • £236,280 towards the community purchaseof the Portpatrick Harbour.


Going forward what we d like to see
Going forward: what we’d like to see

  • Guidance and support in overcoming gaps between community councils and other community members

  • Guidance and support for strategic funding models including social enterprisesand start up grants

  • Case studies focusing on economic development

  • A clear structure for electricity discount schemes


Going forward what developers should be offering
Going forward: what developers should be offering

  • A named point of contact

  • An agreed £ per MW that is the industry standard at the time of the fund’s creation

  • Option of multi-year funding models to encourage stable support

  • Flexibility and a willingness to trust local people to decide where the money can best be used

  • Paying for additional costs on top of the fund – no siphoning off

  • A simple application process and reasonable turnaround time


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