Published on February 20, 2014
Templederry Community Windfarm Engaging the Community Paul Kenny, B.E. C. Eng. Chief Executive Tipperary Energy Agency Irish Renewable Energy Summit
Context • • • • • Upland parish, declining population Rural development consultation (1999) RES identified as key opportunity Wind, Wood, AD feasibility examined. Wind development co. formed and locals invited to invest (2001/2) • Public meetings, parish newsletter, local press etc. • Initial investment €500, subsequent investments over 10 years.
Background: Timelines • • • • • • • • Public meetings for investors (2001) Planning & grid application (2003) Grid offer gate 2 (2007) 2nd planning appl. (2007 – 2009) Financing, PPA, Legal (2010-2011) Civil start (April 2012) Commissioning (Nov 2012) Patience & perseverance.
Ownership: All Local 27 Equal Individual Members Tipperary Energy Agency Community Benefit Co-op
Economics Value to Local Economy / MW / Annum Ownership Benefit Accruing to Local Economy 85,702 Non Local Spend Local Spend Ownership Revenue 148,559 90,036
Imperative is Clear Community Developed Autogeneration Large Scale with Co-ownership Farm Scale
Lessons for Community Development • Local ownership brings majority of community on board, but not all. • Communities have steep learning curves • lots of barriers to overcome • Enercon’s community ethos • New financing models developed. • Need community priority access to grid for small scale full ownership.
Lessons: Acceptance Community Investment Opportunity 0-20km Local Community Benefit Scheme 8.00% 7.00% 6.00% 5.00% Danish Model - Local opportunity - Prospectus checked by third party - Minimum % share (5-10%) - Maximum individual value Community Benefit: Fair share? - Tax incentive Gross Revenue Net Revenue 4.00% 3.00% 2.00% Nearby: Benefit 1.00% 0.00% Nearby Residences (400m-750m): - Either Ownership/ Relationship - IWEA CB Alternate subsidy of energy bill Templederry Renewable UK - Linked to impact/ perceived - Better than DCELG proposed <500m
Policy Requirements Promoting Community Scale Developments: - Grid access for community - Technical/ admin support Acceptance of large scale • Co-ownership scheme with tax incentives • Transparent scaled near-turbine benefits • Increased revenue for community benefits
Tipperary Energy Agency • • • • • • • Paul Kenny Chief Executive • T: 052 7443090 • F: 052 7443012 • E: email@example.com • W: www.tea.ie • Non profit, public good enterprise Partnership approach Energy management Renewable energy and energy efficiency Procurement, project mgmt. Cost effective, value driven
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