Community Energy Futures
The UK energy sector is currently undergoing an unprecedented change, characterised by a shift from more centralised and static energy systems to new, flexible, sustainable and user-focused energy systems. This change is happening for a number of reasons: the pressing need to reduce carbon emissions; the opportunity to harness more renewable energy; the need to control energy costs, particularly for communities with high rates of fuel poverty; and the opportunity to reduce grid infrastructure costs with new ‘smart’ computerised technology.
The Community Energy Futures programme aims to help community groups across Scotland understand these changes and to identify the opportunities and challenges these might bring. The project will support groups to develop specific energy-related project ideas within their local community. We believe that community groups are the best organisations for providing the trusted, face-to-face support and advice that people will need in order to make the most of these changes.
The programme consists of 5 monthly workshop sessions which encourage interaction and discussion between participants. The core themes are presented in the graphic below:
The workshops will be followed by the opportunity to access tailored support from a CES Development Officer. This might involve advice and guidance to plan and delivering a local energy engagement process with local community members, advice on developing project ideas, or help to identify potential funding sources to take these ideas forward.
If you are interested in participating in our Community Energy Futures programme or would like to discuss the programme further with our team, please get in touch with Gillian Wilson on 07717156414 or Victoria Mackay on 07810 855536.