Future Energy Landscapes - community consultation method

A new approach to local energy planning

Project duration: April 2016 to December 2016

Future Energy Landscapes is an attempt to develop, trial and refine a methodology that can produce an outline energy plan for a given community from insightful, detailed and mature discussion on low carbon energy infrastructure, in the absence of the threat of imminent planning applications.

It is a cooperation between CSE and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) in which we designed a new, deliberative community engagement methodology, based around two workshops that were separated by a phase of reflection. The methodology was trialled in Congresbury, Somerset and Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire.

Rachel Coxcoon said, "CSE is thrilled to be working with CPRE on this. Both organisations believe that local people should be supported to shape and enhance the countryside around them for everyone to value and enjoy.

"This work puts communities at the very heart of energy planning, which is exactly where they should be."

A design and rationale report can be downloaded here
A more in-depth look at the responses of people in Congresbury and Morton in Marsh can be downloaded here.

The practitioners' workshop resources are:

1. Facilitation guide
2. Slide decks for Phase A workshops 
3. Full facilitators’ timetable for the Phase A workshop
4. Slide decks for Phase C workshop 
5. Full facilitators’ timetable for Phase C workshop
6. CESAR tool setup and user guide
7a. CESAR tool Excel workbook (Microsoft 2003 version)
7b. CESAR tool Excel workbook (Microsoft 2007 version)
8. Energy Monitors spreadsheet
9. CESAR videos (link to YouTube playlist)
10. CESAR tool printable cards and posters*
11. Participant data sheet
12. The FEL facilitator checklist
13. Ground rules
14. Session G1 prompt sheet
15. Homework slips
16. Participant payment form
17. Participant consent form

* This is a zipped folder containing four row-header cards, 20 technology cards and 19 technology posters

Photo by Ian Carvell (www.flickr.com/people/iancarvell) reproduced under creative commons.

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