Community funds in relation to wind power development schemes, A case study of Västerbotten, Sweden
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Community funds from wind power schemes is a local beneficial feature that might work to promote senses of justice and ensure local gains within the local surrounding area to wind power farms. In Sweden are wind power developers given the voluntary option to offer community funds and when provided are suitable agreements defined in the relationship between the wind power developers and the affected locality. Since suitable solutions are developed for each specific case is a diversity of arrangements being applied across different areas. In this case study of Västerbotten, Sweden are the processes for allocation, negotiation and community level governance of community funds investigated more closely. Purposes of community fund allocation is to a large extent concerned with elements such as distributive justice and social justice dimensions which in the framework for this study to a large extent is being materialized in the form of endeavouring of social well-being and rural development. Allocation of community funds is relatively new also for the developers and they constantly develop and improve their practises through an adaptive dialogue with affected villages. Procedural justice approaches are to a large extent characteristic for certain aspects for the arrangements of community funds, such as defining the receiving area and forming a model for local management, with defaults for other characteristics. Due to a scarcity of information of community fund distribution in Sweden are there hard for receiving areas to attain a transparent picture of the industry practises. A lack of transparency, differences in agreements and diverse support to receiving areas give rise to a discourse where the outcomes might be perceived unfair. Focus in this study is given to the justification for distribution of community funds, form of agreements, delimitation of the receiving area, local level management and commitments in local level application as well as how the provision of community fund relate to the aspects of fairness and justice.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Community funds, Wind power
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-90000OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-90000DiVA: diva2:725568
Master's Program in Spatial Planning and Development
Keskitalo, E.C.H., Professor