Opportunity for local authorities to develop a community energy plan

23 March 2021

Community engagement - particularly a two-way conversation around renewable energy development - is at the heart of tackling the climate emergency.

That's why we are offering two local authorities in England the chance to take part in a renewable energy community consultation project. In each case we will develop and run a detailed engagement process to help local communities write an energy strategy to feed into their council's Local Plan.

Funding from MCS Charitable Foundation means we can provide a 50% subsidy for this engagement process.

We are looking for two local authorities that already have a good understanding of the technical opportunities for renewable energy deployment in their areas and would be interested in this opportunity.

If you are part a council and are able to make decisions about working with us on a project like this, please fill in our short survey to give us a little information about your area and the communities you support. Please complete the survey by 28 May 2021.

Once we've selected two local authorities to support, we will focus on areas within their district where there are likely to be good opportunities to develop renewable energy generation capacity (either heat or power) at a significant scale. We expect to work across up to three parishes per participating local authority, and support the development of Local Plan policy that drives local ownership and control of commercial scale renewable energy opportunities.

The project will also provide support to participating local authority officers to develop the skills and knowledge required to run a similar engagement process with other parishes.

For more details, contact Rachel Coxcoon, director of CSE's Climate Emergency Support Programme.

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