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Community Benefit Funding

Our Green Economy Fund and Transmission Net Zero Fund were established to accelerate the delivery of innovative green energy solutions with the aim of delivering a better future, quicker for our communities.

As a network operator, we play a key role in enabling the transition to a cleaner, greener future. To ensure no one is left behind in the race to Net Zero, we developed our community funds dedicated to supporting our communities and their low carbon ambitions which aligns to our Just Transition Strategy.

In 2023, the UK Government’s independent Electricity Networks Commissioner, Nick Winser, published a series of independent recommendations on how to accelerate the deployment of electricity transmission infrastructure (opens in a new window).  

We have started to look at how we utilise the work that we have already undertaken in this area and align our Community Benefit Funding proposals with our stakeholder needs. 

Our proposed Community Benefit Funding will focus on the following principles:  

  • Targeting communities that will be impacted by transmission works. 
  • Creating value and unlocking socio-economic benefits; enabling a Just Transition and leaving a positive lasting legacy. 
  • Supporting a wide range of community organisations. 
  • Targeted stakeholder engagement. 
  • Understanding local priorities. 
  • Tailored solutions to address community’s needs. 
  • Working in partnership with stakeholders and supply chain. 
  • Creating measurable value for communities (for example creating jobs and installations to save carbon).  

Later this year we will be launching a Community Benefit Consultation. To stay up to date with the development of our Community Benefit Funding, please Register as a Stakeholder (select 'Community Funding' as one of your interests).

Community Benefit Funding will be a critical element of future strategic transmission projects and our RIIO-T3 Business Plan.

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