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Lila Barrera-Hernández, Barry Barton, Lee Godden, Alastair Lucas, and Anita Rønne

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198767954

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767954.001.0001

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Community Benefit through Community Ownership of Renewable Generation in Scotland

Community Benefit through Community Ownership of Renewable Generation in Scotland

Power to the People?

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(p.297) 17 Community Benefit through Community Ownership of Renewable Generation in Scotland
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Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Energy and Resource Activity
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Aileen McHarg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767954.003.0017

This chapter highlights Scotland’s efforts at renewable generation, with an occasional nod to UK policy and legislation. The Scottish government has commensurately high ambitions for the development of renewable energy, currently aiming to generate the equivalent of at least 100% of gross electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020. Such initiatives, however, have encountered high levels of public opposition. Drawing lessons from other European countries, where significant economic benefit for host communities appears to have been the key to public acceptability, both the UK and Scottish governments have therefore sought to encourage the delivery of ‘community benefit’ from renewable energy developments. Recently, however, there has been increasing emphasis on community ownership as a more effective way of ensuring community benefit. In 2014, both governments published ‘community energy’ policy documents, and both the UK and Scottish parliaments have recently enacted legislation to promote or facilitate community ownership.

Keywords:   Scotland, community ownership, community energy, renewable energy, Scottish government, community benefit

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