CEE gives shared ownership steer
Paper for community renewables engagement out ahead of DECC protocol
Community Energy England has set out a guide to shared community ownership of energy projects.
The four-page paper is out today and CEE is also finalising a similar guide for project developers, to be released next week.
The documents are backed up by a website and give advice to both sides on how to follow the voluntary protocol developed by the government’s Shared Ownership Taskforce.
The release comes two weeks before DECC Secretary Ed Davey is to launch a protocol requiring renewable developers to offer community participation in all new projects worth £2.5m and over.
“We are delighted that leading developers are embracing community ownership,” said CEE chairman Philip Wolfe.
“We want to do all we can to minimise any additional delay and cost to their projects. Our guide enables local groups to prepare for shared ownership, so that developers will find suitable project-ready community partners to deal with.”
Shared ownership is one of the new approaches proposed in the government’s Community Energy Strategy to boost the contribution of socially-owned energy assets, a field where the UK lags woefully behind nations like Germany, Denmark and the US.
The full details of the protocol will be in the final report to be launched early next month by DECC and refers to four shared ownership approaches: split ownership, joint ventures, shared revenue and approaches under which community enterprises achieve a long-term ownership position in the project.
Image: the four-page guide was released today (sxc.hu)