Community Energy Links 


Community Energy Scotland - is a registered charity that provides practical help for communities on green energy development and energy conservation.  Formed in 2004 as a subsidiary of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the organisation has spread from an initial base in the Highlands to cover the whole of Scotland, offering local development officers throughout the country.

Read the latest Community Energy Scotland Bulletin.  It's packed with interesting news about community energy schemes throughout Scotland.  You can click on  'Past Issues' to see previous bulletins.  (or more recent ones should the above link be out of date).

Local Energy Scotland  is a consortium made up of the Energy Saving Trust (EST), Changeworks, The Energy Agency, SCARF and The Wise Group. Local Energy Scotland administers and manages the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) with support for delivery from Ricardo-AEA.  (See LES site for links).

Changeworks  is the successor to Home Energy Scotland, and describes itself as

Scotland’s leading environmental charity delivering solutions for low carbon living. A trusted expert with over 30 years’ experience.

Changeworks’ vision is for a world where everyone is able to live, work and enjoy life with a low carbon impact.  We recognise climate change is the most significant threat to the environment and our way of life.

We develop and deliver high impact solutions to make low carbon life a positive reality for everyone.  We work with Scottish Government agencies, local authorities, housing associations, businesses, schools, community groups and individuals to:

  • Improve energy efficiency
  • Reduce fuel poverty
  • Prevent waste
  • Inspire low carbon behaviours.

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Black Isle Community Energy proposal 2014

Proposal outline

Feasibility study       executive summary

Public meeting      Fortrose 15 November 2014

Decision

The proposed scheme was rejected by a ballot of Black Isle residents concluded on 12 March 2015.

Press release
Ballot result

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Talk by Ebbe Munster on community energy in Denmark, 23/10/14
      https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2G9u8rUf3ujd0VWMUdxa0VwMXc/view?usp=sharing

Udny Community Trust community turbine scheme (described for comparison at BICE feasibility study meeting)
      Local Energy Scotland case study
      http://www.localenergyscotland.org/media/42447/Udny-Case-Study.pdf

      Udny Community Trust - how the community benefits
      http://udnytrust.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/udny-community-wind-benefits/

Video about various community energy projects 
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ6bVTUfepo

Soirbheas / Corrimony wind energy project
Soirbheas, the Community development group for Glen Urquhart and Strathglass, has a joint project with Corrimony Wind Energy (a family company), whereby the group contributed to and receives the income from one of five turbines which have been operational since March 2013.
      http://www.soirbheas.org/wind-farm-performance/
 

 

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