A renewable energy assessment for Stroud

8 July 2019

In December 2018, Stroud District Council pledged to do everything in its power to make the district carbon neutral by 2030, a leading pledge that was followed by Gloucestershire County Council unanimously committing in May of this year to become carbon neutral within its estate by 2030 and across the county by 2050.

One of the key components needed to achieve this neutrality target will be to move from the current energy mix that is 90% reliant on fossil fuels, to one that is reliant instead on renewable energy capacity (alongside energy efficiency and energy demand reduction). In light of this, Stroud council commissioned CSE, partnered with Land Use Consultants, to research local renewable energy capacity.

This project builds upon our experience and understanding of the current context for renewable energy and planning policy in Gloucestershire; we recently produced the Gloucestershire Sustainable Energy Strategy (2018) and hosted the first county-wide Climate Change conference that was designed to support authorities moving forward on carbon neutral targets.

Martin Holley will lead the renewable energy resource assessment for the council which aims to understand the district’s generating potential and provide a technical evidence base to underpin planning policy that can help the district realise this potential. The study will deliver an up-to-date evidence assessment of renewable energy potential and opportunities within the district based upon the local context, resource capacity and the current economic and market context for each renewable energy technology.

The main study outputs will include scenarios for renewable energy generation deployment across the district up to 2040, including options for several new major development sites, along with opportunity maps to indicate the spatial distribution of resources and their constraints. Recommendations will also be given on policy considerations for the evolving draft Local Plan.

For further information contact Martin Holley martin.holley@cse.org.uk

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