Community Benefit Fund

Community Benefit Fund

As well as bringing direct benefits in terms of climate action and decarbonising the electricity supply in Ireland and creating hundreds of job and supply chain opportunities, Dublin Array will also deliver a significant community benefit fund that will be aligned with the requirements of the government’s offshore Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS), when these are finalised. We anticipate that when the offshore RESS is published later this year it will define the size of the fund and matters such as how it should be distributed and managed. Similar to RESS 1 for onshore wind it is expected that this will promote initiatives that support delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals with a particular focus on projects supporting education, energy efficiency, sustainable energy and climate action initiatives.

RWE have over 25 years of experience setting up and delivering community benefit funds, tailored to meet the individual needs of the different communities in which we operate, with appropriate and robust governance in place to support fund delivery.

As well as bringing direct benefits in terms of climate action and decarbonising the electricity supply in Ireland and creating hundreds of job and supply chain opportunities, Dublin Array will also deliver a significant community benefit fund that will be aligned with the requirements of the government’s offshore Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS), when these are finalised. We anticipate that when the offshore RESS is published later this year it will define the size of the fund and matters such as how it should be distributed and managed. Similar to RESS 1 for onshore wind it is expected that this will promote initiatives that support delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals with a particular focus on projects supporting education, energy efficiency, sustainable energy and climate action initiatives.

RWE have over 25 years of experience setting up and delivering community benefit funds, tailored to meet the individual needs of the different communities in which we operate, with appropriate and robust governance in place to support fund delivery.

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Why is the Dublin Array Community Benefit Fund such an exciting opportunity?

  • It will be tailored to meet the needs of your community and the offshore RESS: we know every community is different and will take a bespoke approach to setting up funds;
  • It will be long term: for the lifetime of RESS, which we expect to be 15 years. This will allow communities to plan for the future;
  • It will come from the private sector: so can be used to secure even more match funding
  • It will be simple: we will make sure it is easy to access, with as little bureaucracy as possible;
  • It will put communities at the heart of decision making: giving local people more control over their communities’ future.

In advance of the offshore RESS terms and conditions publication, we have already collected some early views of members of the local community in relation to community funding as part of our Autumn 2020 consultation. This was achieved through a poll, which over 1,000 people participated in. Strong support was demonstrated for the idea of funding energy saving initiatives, community projects as well as training and education activities.

Next steps at Dublin Array
Once the terms and conditions for the offshore RESS have been published we will then create a plan for developing the Dublin Array Community Benefit Fund. Updated information will be available on this webpage. Information on RESS can be found at: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/36d8d2-renewable-electricity-support-scheme/

More information
RWE’s experience make us very well placed to set up a community benefit fund for Dublin Array that really meets the needs of the local community. You can find out more about RWE’s operating funds here: www.rwe.com/in-your-community

The following two examples of existing community benefit funds are an opportunity to find out more about how these funds can operate and the type of projects they can support :

Why is the Dublin Array Community Benefit Fund such an exciting opportunity?

  • It will be tailored to meet the needs of your community and the offshore RESS: we know every community is different and will take a bespoke approach to setting up funds;
  • It will be long term: for the lifetime of RESS, which we expect to be 15 years. This will allow communities to plan for the future;
  • It will come from the private sector: so can be used to secure even more match funding
  • It will be simple: we will make sure it is easy to access, with as little bureaucracy as possible;
  • It will put communities at the heart of decision making: giving local people more control over their communities’ future.

In advance of the offshore RESS terms and conditions publication, we have already collected some early views of members of the local community in relation to community funding as part of our Autumn 2020 consultation. This was achieved through a poll, which over 1,000 people participated in. Strong support was demonstrated for the idea of funding energy saving initiatives, community projects as well as training and education activities.


Next steps at Dublin Array
Once the terms and conditions for the offshore RESS have been published we will then create a plan for developing the Dublin Array Community Benefit Fund. Updated information will be available on this webpage. Information on RESS can be found at: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/36d8d2-renewable-electricity-support-scheme/


More information
RWE’s experience make us very well placed to set up a community benefit fund for Dublin Array that really meets the needs of the local community. You can find out more about RWE’s operating funds here: www.rwe.com/in-your-community

The following two examples of existing community benefit funds are an opportunity to find out more about how these funds can operate and the type of projects they can support :

Further information on some of RWE’s existing community funds can be found below.