Local energy plans

Local Energy Plan – Creating a vision for the future

What is a Local Energy Plan?

Local Energy Plans will set out the key priorities and opportunities, taking into account the views and priorities of a range of stakeholders, including individuals, community organisations and local businesses, the local authority, the Distribution Network Operator (Scottish and Southern Electric Networks) and local generators.

The plan will make recommendations and suggest practical projects with the aim of complementing current and future energy system developments. 

What is the COBEN Programme?

The COBEN project aims to evolve support for community energy to move from a focus of electricity generation supported by subsidies to a more whole system approach where communities’ energy generation, energy efficiency, heat, transport, storage and future usage needs are considered together. Read more about the COBEN project. 

Local Energy Scotland is leading a pilot to develop and implement local energy plans for four local communities in the Scottish Highlands and Islands Enterprise Region and to develop a common local energy plan methodology, business model templates and IT tools.

Where are the pilot areas?

The four locations are: Brae (Shetland Islands), Drumnadrochit (Inverness), Barra and Vatersay (Western Isles) and Oban.  They were selected to reflect the range in sizes, locations, attributes and challenges that communities have across the Highlands and Islands. The development of plan for Oban will be the largest to be piloted.

When will the plan be completed?

The plan is scheduled to be completed by July 2018.

Are there other examples of local energy plans?

Another example of a local energy plan is the Burntisland Community Energy Masterplan. Fife Council wanted to understand how Burntisland could reduce its carbon footprint by 80%. The project helped the local community to understand their energy needs and how these could be met with low carbon, locally supplied energy.

The plan will now be used to help inform the planning process and determine development in the area. Read the Burntisland Community Energy Masterplan case study to find out more.