Energy crisis and community renewables

New renewable energy projects in and around Settle?

Our energy group has been working hard with other local people looking at the possibility of developing some new renewable energy projects – have a look at the report below and let us know what you think. Our community consultation closes on 15th August.

You can view the report here: Renewable Energy Workshop – final report 1-6-22 and feedback any comments that you have by emailing: by 15th August.

The above report builds on ‘Settle Sustainable Town’ a ‘Co2Sense’ report commissioned by the then ‘Settle Area Regeneration Team (StART)’ to develop a 10 year low carbon action plan, from 2012 to 2022.  StART was set up by a group of motivated local people, supported by local agencies, after the outbreak of foot and mouth disease, to provide a platform through which people could ‘kick start’ their sustainable ideas into realisable projects.

‘Settle Sustainable Town’  report can be viewed here: Settle-Strategy-FINAL1

Workshop participants and others interested in getting involved will then meet on 6th September (7-9pm) at Settle Catholic Church Hall to look at the responses to the consultation. If supportive,  the next step will be to draft a Local Area Energy plan.

Leeds University have also produced a ‘Settle Roadmap’ study for the Town Council (2021) for reducing carbon emissions which can be viewed here: Settle Summary Roadmap

Electrical Vehicle Charging Points

We are pleased to see that charging points are being installed in Craven District Council owned car parks and Yorkshire Dales National Park car parks. The one in  Ashfield Car Park, Settle just needs the power to be laid before becoming operational.

We have been pressing Booths supermarket to install at least fast charging points, as they have done at some of their other stores.

The Energy Hierarchy

We participated and promoted Craven District Council’s three month ‘Energy Saving’ campaign between November 2021-February 2022, run by the campaign organisation Hubbub.

One of our members has given a talk on installing ‘Solar Energy Generation’ at home, that you can see a recording of here.

If you are interested in renewable energy for your home have a look at Cumbria Action for Sustainability’s resources here.

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