Drumnadrochit Local Energy Plan
The village of Drumnadrochit, to the north side of Loch Ness, has grown significantly over the last two decades. This growth has created the need to plan the village's development effectively.
The Local Energy Plan for Drumnadrochit has been developed to help the community to look at its existing and future energy needs in terms of power, heat and transport and work out the priorities for action.
Developing Drumnadrochit's Local Energy Plan
The development of Drumnadrochit's Local Energy Plan was led by a local steering group including the following local organisations: Soirbheas, Glen Urquhart Rural Community Association (GURCA), the Chamber of Commerce and the Community Council. The development of a Drumnadrochit Local Energy Plan will in turn feed into the development of a Drumnadrochit Community Action Plan, which is due to be developed over 2018.
Specialist technical support to develop the plan was provided by Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions, with Beyond Green supporting local engagement activity and local ambassadors for the plan making sure local people had the opportunity to contribute to the creation of the plan.
Beyond Green facilitated a series of three workshops in early 2018 to support the community to identify its specific energy needs and inspire local ambassadors to drive community engagement.
During workshop one the local ambassadors were asked to consider the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs). This helped stimulate discussions around their own community’s needs and challenges. Using the goals as a connection to local energy, a number of criteria to assess local energy projects were raised. Those criteria were then tested through an online and paper survey, promoted by the ambassadors to the community to gather wider opinions.
During workshop two, local ambassadors reviewed a number of energy opportunities which support their community’s needs. The opportunities presented to the ambassadors were specifically targeted from ideas identified in the first workshop. Impacts of the survey results on the criteria were reflected on, as well as opportunities to obtain further responses. The ambassadors provided ideas for a second survey to ask local people their views on specific energy opportunities.
Workshop three used the survey results and interactive exercises to help them prioritise energy opportunities in line with community interests and needs. Feedback from the ambassadors and the steering group are integrated into the final Local Energy Plan.