Creating Projects that are Good for Local Communities

Community Engagement and Benefit

FuturEnergy Ireland takes pride in developing and delivering projects responsibly that provide positive national, regional and local benefits. We do this through managing design and development in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders for results supported by both.

Our engagement objectives range from building relationships and trust, to creating an environment around our developments where we will be openly and warmly welcomed back in the future by stakeholders and communities alike.

What is a Community Benefit Fund and how does it work?

Carrownagowan Wind Farm has the potential to bring significant positive benefits to local communities. The project will support local employment, it will contribute annual rates to the local authority and it will provide opportunity for a local Community Benefit Fund in the project in line with the new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS).

The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) is a policy initiative to deliver on the Government’s Climate Action Plan. One key emphasis is that communities should benefit directly from all the renewable electricity projects being supported by the scheme.
An important feature of RESS is that all projects must establish a Community Benefit Fund to be used for the wider environmental, social and economic wellbeing of the local community, and the scheme puts communities at the heart of the decision-making.

If this project is constructed as currently designed we estimate that a total of approximately 10 million euro will be available in the local area for community funding over the lifetime of the project.

The above figure is indicative only and will be dependent on the generation capacity of the wind farm which is influenced by a number of factors including:

1. Number of wind turbines.

2. Capacity and availability of energy production of those turbines.

3. Quantity of wind (we can have both good and bad wind years).

 

If this project is constructed as currently designed we estimate that a total of approximately 10 million euro will be available in the local area for community funding over the lifetime of the project.

The above figure is indicative only and will be dependent on the generation capacity of the wind farm which is influenced by a number of factors including:

1. Number of wind turbines.

2. Capacity and availability of energy production of those turbines.

3. Quantity of wind (we can have both good and bad wind years).

 

What is a Community Benefit Fund and how does it work?

How will the fund be used and administered?

The Community Benefit Fund belongs to the local community, who are at the heart of the decision-making process. The premise of the fund is that it should be used to bring about significant, positive change in the local area.

Please find an outline of the RESS Community Benefit Fund and a copy of the Government’s Community Benefit Fund Good Practice Principles Handbook here.

How will the fund be used and administered?

Estimated Project Development Time

Feb 2018

Commencement of Community and Stakeholder Engagement process.

Feb 2018

Feasibility study

May 2018

Environmental Impact Assessment baseline studies begin.

Sep 2018

Potential grid connection route selection process begins.

Oct 2018

Mapping of buildable area commences.

Nov 2018

Preliminary design phase begins.

Nov 2018

Environmental Impact Assessment studies are on-going

Jan 2019

First draft turbine layout begins

Sep 2019

Design and layout of the proposed wind farm on going.

Nov 2019

Third draft turbine layout begins

Nov 2019

Appropriate Assessment screening

Nov 2019

EIAR reviews

Nov 2020

Lodge Planning Application

Feb 2021

Request for Further Information (RFI) received from An Bord Pleanála

Jan 2022

All requests for information submitted to ABP