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Renewable Energy for Settle Workshop
May 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
This event, being run by our Energy Group, invites residents to help develop a Local Area Energy Plan (LAEP) in consultation with our District Network Operators (DNO’s), to deliver community owned generation projects such as solar, small-scale hydro and wind power. It follows on from the recent showing of the film ‘We the Power’, where reaction from those who viewed the film was strongly in favour.
We are looking for volunteers, to participate in these events. Technical knowledge is not required, ACE Settle can provide that. Local awareness and community spirit is what we are looking for.
If you would like to get involved – as this is a workshop we just have 25 places available – please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be further opportunities to feedback and make your views known. Thank you!
The LAEP process focusses on Parish and market town areas, recognising local landscape values as well as the potential for energy generation. Energy saving, such as home insulation will be high on the agenda. Sustainable generation from local natural resources using proven technologies will be prioritised and a strategy developed to harness them. Small scale local projects can be delivered relatively quickly. By balancing and levelling local demand the need for expensive infrastructure to cope with short demand peaks will be reduced. The final plan will be submitted to the Local Authority for adoption in the Local Plan. Once adopted LAEP’s will contribute to an overall regional energy strategy.
This event will be based on a format developed by the Campaign to Protect Rural England CPRE and the Centre for Sustainable Energy CSE; covering landscape issues and available technologies – details are on CSE’s website at https://www.cse.org.uk/projects/view/1315 and a brief overview can be found by going to the Section 3 Feature of the Community Energy Update.
There will also be a second workshop, a few weeks later, when the draft plan can be reviewed in the light of reactions to it from the wider community. The plan will then be presented for adoption to local councils and organisations as Settle’s contribution to the regional energy strategy.