Fresh help for Highland communities to draw up local energy plans

A programme to help communities across the Highlands to devise their own local energy plan has been launched.

The Community Benefit of Civic Energy programme is administered by Local Energy Scotland and aims to strengthen community energy in at least four places that lie within the Highlands & Islands Enterprise region.

In each selected area, a local energy plan will draw together local aspirations and priorities and take a ‘whole system’ approach to consider power, energy storage, heat, transport, demand reduction and management as well as considering the implications for the energy infrastructure and potential

The closing date by which you must provide initial information to Local Energy Scotland is 31 May 2017

What is a Local Energy Plan?

A local energy plan is a document that draws together local ambitions and energy/heat opportunities, then plans for the future. Local Energy Scotland view the plans as being dynamic and flexible documents that may be presented in a variety of formats, including electronic, interactive web pages.

The likely content of a plan may include detailed assessments of the following:

  • Local aspirations and priorities
  • Local energy/heat use (both now and planned)
  • Potential to improve infrastructure
  • Opportunities to supply local demand
  • Energy efficiency measures
  • Demand reduction
  • Energy storage
  • Transport energy potential
  • Low carbon heat potential
  • Tackling fuel poverty and energy inequality

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