Speyside villagers claim they are missing out on £16m in ‘community benefits’ from new EDF wind farm

The Metmast already installed for the Dorenell wind farm on the Glenfiddich estate
The Metmast already installed for the Dorenell wind farm on the Glenfiddich estate

Local community groups around a 60-turbine wind farm which is being built on the Glenfiddich Estate near Dufftown in Speyside are due to meet with the French-owned developer over their concerns that they will miss out on up to £16 million in community benefits.

The Dorenell turbine parc is being developed by EDF Energy – the nuclear-dominated UK Big Six electricity generator.

Fraser McGill, spokesman for the United Communities Impact Group, who lives in Dufftown, said: “We represent about 2,500 residents who already suffer the most expensive energy costs to consumers in the UK.

“Our communities are in need of investment in support. The difference that the extra money would make over 25 years would be immeasurable.

“EDF and the estate stand to generate in excess of £1 billion profit. We can’t understand why they would choose not to support us.

“From our own research, the rest of the big six energy providers do pay £5,000 per MW.”

Communities in Dufftown, Glenlivet, Inveravon, Glenrinnes and the Cabrach, who comprise the United Impact Communities Group, stand to benefit from the fund.

The SNP MSP for Moray, Richard Lochhead, commented: “It’s only right that communities in the north of Scotland, who ironically pay higher costs for energy, get their fair share of the income generated from such wind farms.

“Many communities in Scotland get £5,000 per MW in community benefit, or even more.

“Onshore wind has a valuable role to play in our energy mix but Moray’s communities must receive a fair share in the revenues generated from our natural resources.

“This case does beg the question as to how many wind farm companies are not paying the recommended national standard in community benefit.”

17 Apr 2018

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