New Community Energy Partnership launches
An energy network has been launched to deal with threats of shortages, supply insecurities and loss of vital finance within the region.
The South West Devon Community Energy Partnership officially launched yesterday promising to deal with energy issues through cooperation between local government and action groups.
The partnership, consisting of a number of organisations including Dartmoor National Park Authority, South Devon Coastal Renewable Energy Network and Devon County Council, will work on projects around sustainable energy to help reduce consumption and build resilience.
The launch comes as the chief executive of Ofgem warned households to prepare for a sharp rise in energy bills within two years as Britain comes "dangerously" close to power shortages.
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Kate Royston, chair of SWD CEP, said: "Millions of pounds are spent annually by local residents on their increasing household and transport energy bills. Virtually none of this money stays in the area and we are looking at how we can work with the Councils to take direct action and support policies that minimise our use of energy locally and increase our ability to generate appropriate renewable energies within the districts."
The partnership will develop a number of initiatives across the area including community training, energy assessments, and impartial advice on renewable energy. It has commissioned the University of Exeter to conduct an area wide energy survey to analyse the current consumption across all sectors .
Kirsty Tooke, manager of the Devon Association for Renewable Energy, said: "We are delighted to be part of the SWD CEP which offers a rare opportunity for councils and the community to work hand in hand to develop and influence policy."