New publication: community payments - case studies from across Europe

Payments by TSOs to communities who are present in the vicinity of new grid infrastructure have become common practice throughout Europe. These payments (also known as community compensation/gain/benefit) have been seen as a way to both increase local support and to supply an “appropriate benefit” to communities that host grid infrastructure. At the same time, such payments have been criticised as a tool to ‘buy’ local community support. Finding the right, legitimate approach to agree upon such payments is therefore of high importance.

A new RGI brochure on this topic looks to act as a knowledge-sharing tool by presenting five case studies of community payments from across Europe. Four of these case studies are from the electricity grid sector (Ireland, France, Italy and Germany) with a fifth coming from the wind energy sector in Scotland. By creating a common understanding of how TSOs and energy companies across Europe are designing and implementing their community payment schemes, we hope to facilitate the improvement in practice across Europe.


Stephanie Bätjer
Director - Communication

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