A cross Departmental draft Community Energy Action Plan is being prepared for public consultation in late 2015. This draft Plan has been informed by the report 'Communities and Renewable Energy: A Study'. This study was was commissioned by DETI, DOE and DARD as part of the work progressed through the Sustainable Energy Inter-departmental Working Group’s sub-group on Planning and Renewable Energy. The main aim of the study was to consider the relationship between communities and the development of renewable energy; and how communities can engage with developers and participate and/or benefit from renewable energy developments.
The study was part financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.