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Renewable Energy - Who Benefits? - Nicholas Gubbins


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Nicholas Gubbins, Chief Executive of Community Energy Scotland, talks about who benefits from renewable energy.

The Whose Economy? seminars, organised by Oxfam Scotland and the University of the West of Scotland, brought together experts to look at recent changes in the Scottish economy and their impact on Scotland's most vulnerable communities.

Held over winter and spring 2010-11 in Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow and Stirling, the series posed the question of what economy is being created in Scotland and, specifically, for whom?

To find out more and view other Whose Economy? papers, presentations and videos visit:

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Renewable Energy - Who Benefits? - Nicholas Gubbins

  1. 1. Renewable Energy – Who Benefits? Nicholas Gubbins March 2011Scotland’s Community Energy Development Charity Scottish Charity Number: SC039673
  2. 2. Who we are / what we do Registered Scottish Charity Help communities to benefit from RE Restricted Fund management: services for Scottish Govt; HIE and BLF ~ £6m this year – grants to community groups Advice and support to community / voluntary / non-profit sector Social enterprise
  3. 3. Scotland’s Targets – by 202080% electricity consumed from renewables11% heat consumed ~ need 2.7GW installed10% transport consumption from renewables
  4. 4. Scotland’s Renewable ResourcesWind Wave
  5. 5. Scotland’s Renewable ResourcesTidal Biomass
  6. 6. Installed Capacity Source: Scottish Renewables March 2011
  7. 7. Focus on electricity~ By 2011 31% electricity consumption expected to be met byrenewables = 4GW installed capacity~ a further 10GW installed capacity required ~ 6GW onshore wind consented or in planning ~ 10 GW offshore wind – early stage ~1600 MW wave and tidal – early stageSignificant expansion in onshore wind required
  8. 8. Community BenefitRough rule of thumb: £100k net annual profit per 1MW installedcapacity onshore wind4GW installed capacity = £400,000,000 net annual profit‘Community Benefit’ : £700 - £2000 per MW£2.8m - £8m pa0.7% - 2% pa
  9. 9. Source: Elaine MacIntosh, SAC / University of Edinburgh 2008
  10. 10. Community benefit arrangementsCurrently free for all – voluntary payments, no regulated systemMinisters well aware of scale of development required to meet targets +wish to see a significant increase in the scale of benefits accruing tocommunities from renewable energySG consultation on ‘securing the benefits’ just undertakenCommunities can need assistance in establishing structures and plansfor investing community benefit income
  11. 11. VisionDecentralised • Community Owned • Secure • Resilient
  12. 12. Re- £10,000 pa investment saving on in service fuel provision 8500 Additionaladditional events and visits pa classes Additional income from additional events
  13. 13. 3. Community Owned (non-profit distributing)900kW Enercon TurbineCommissioned 2010Income via trading company toTiree Community DevelopmentTrust
  14. 14. fuel poverty greening action school local projects facilities Transformational local impact Local food business socialenterprises skills sustainable energy transport efficiency measures awareness raising
  15. 15. To view all the papers in the Whose Economy series click hereTo view all the videos and presentations from the seminars click here