Renewable Energy

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 13th May 2004.

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Photo of Mr David Stewart Mr David Stewart PPS (Rt Hon Alistair Darling, Secretary of State), Department for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken to facilitate negotiations between renewable energy developers and local communities affected by wind farm development regarding the calculation and delivery of community benefit.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Minister of State (e-Commerce & Competitiveness)

holding answer 12 May 2004

The community impact of wind farm developments, and any possible compensating benefits, should be addressed through the planning process in the normal way.

The Department is commissioning a study of the actual and potential impact of community benefits schemes on the deployment of renewable, especially wind, energy projects.

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