community energy

Sustainable Community Infrastructure: a joint report by the UK Green Building Council and the Zero Carbon Hub

Conceiving and delivering infrastructure at a neighbourhood scale as an integrated package represents a very significant opportunity to deliver environmental, social and economic objectives. A 'community infrastructure' package will have a variety of constituent elements and deliver a range of sustainability benefits. Constituent elements of a community infrastructure package could include: Heat and cooling, electricity supply, energy generation, water supply, water disposal, waste disposal, waste re-use and communications infrastructure

Delivering community benefits from wind energy development: A Toolkit

By Centre for Sustainable Energy With Garrad Hassan & Partners Ltd, Peter Capener & Bond Pearce LLP

This Toolkit is designed to help to make meaningful community benefits more routine and systematic in UK wind energy projects. It sits alongside activities to support improved public engagement in the wind farm planning process (see ‘The protocol for public engagement with proposed wind energy developments in England: a report for the Renewables Advisory Board and DTI’ (URN 06/1819) and ‘The protocol for public engagement with proposed wind energy developments in Wales: a report for the Renewables Advisory Board and DTI’ (URN 06/1820) at www.decc.gov.uk) and to identify specific approaches to enabling local ownership which fit with typical financing structures for commercial wind farm developments (see ‘Bankable models which enable local community wind farm ownership: a report for the Renewables Advisory Board and DTI’ (URN 06/1816) at www.decc.gov.uk).