Local Energy Scotland are seeking notes of interest from communities within the Highlands and Islands Enterprise Region who are interested in developing a pilot energy plan for their local area.

The COBEN project (Community Benefits of Civic Energy) consists of six separate pilots with a community energy focus located within the EU North Sea Region. One of these pilots is to develop four local energy plans in the Highlands and Islands Enterprise Region. This is jointly funded by European Regional Development Fund (Interreg) and the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES). The pilot will help to build on work already undertaken by Scottish Enterprise and develop a common methodology for local energy planning in Scotland.

The local energy plans will draw together local aspirations and priorities and take a “whole system” approach to consider power, energy storage, heat, transport, demand reduction and management as well as considering the implications for the energy infrastructure and potential partnership opportunities.

The call is open to all communities within towns, islands, villages and any other designation of local areas within the Highlands and Islands Enterprise Region. No funding is required from local areas participating; however a level of commitment to participate and local enthusiasm will be necessary to make the project a success.

For further information please view the fact sheet. The closing date for all notes of interest is 31 May 2017.

If you would like to put forward a note of interest for your community or require further information please contact:

Ross Jones, Energy Systems Specialist (COBEN)

Local Energy Scotland | 07467 953 745

[email protected]

Source: Local Energy Scotland

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