Fife Council are presently developing a Sustainable Energy Climate Action Plan (SECAP) for the Fife region. As part of that process the need to create local energy plans and integrate them into local planning has been identified. There are key objectives within the Fife Community Plan including the need to tackle climate change, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier fairer Fife for all.
Reducing carbon emissions and adapting to climate change are also the key outcomes of the Fife Environmental Partnership and Fife’s Climate Change Strategy.
The purpose of this project is to develop a Community Energy Masterplan for Burntisland which will help the local community to understand their energy needs and how it could be supplied locally in a low carbon manner, in the future. The document will then be used within the local planning process to help determine development within Burntisland, and to ensure that it meets the community’s priorities and wishes and that it will enable Burntisland to becoming a low carbon, high resilience settlement. Fundamental to this will be engagement with communities around their energy consumption and supply.
The underlying strategy within Fife’s SECAP (Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan) looks to create local community energy islands across Fife. Each community would develop their own energy masterplan tailor-made for each area’s energy demand and energy generation potential, with particular focus on low carbon heat and reducing fuel and mobility poverty.
This pilot Energy Masterplan is the first of what we hope will be many to cover all of Fife.
This pilot project worked in partnership with the local community in Burntisland, Fife, with the aim of reducing fuel and mobility poverty and reducing carbon emissions. Through a series of consultation meetings and workshops together we mapped the ‘whole energy system’ for Burntisland looking at heat, electricity and transport options including storage opportunities. The project brought in external expertise to enable the community to understand their energy demands.
The priorities and ideas contained within this Community Energy Masterplan were developed by the local community. The main output from this project is the creation of a local Energy Masterplan for Burntisland to support the development of a locally planned sustainable energy system. As part of this, the following topics have been considered:
- Linking local energy demand with local renewable energy generation;
- Energy storage potential in Burntisland;
- Delivering renewable heat and electricity to customers in Burntisland;
- Demand side management options for Burntisland;
- Sustainable travel options for Burntisland; and
- The potential for co-location / combining technologies for example wind and solar.
It is hoped that the following outcomes can be realised by the development of a Community Energy Masterplan for Burntisland:
- Once projects within the Energy Masterplan are implemented the local community will benefit from secure, affordable, low carbon heat, electricity and transport options.
- Locally owned energy systems can strengthen local communities by providing an income from local renewable energy generation, improving community empowerment, resilience and cohesion;
- Reduced fuel poverty by improving energy efficiency and providing affordable energy, locally;
- Improved local air quality leading to health and wellbeing benefits within Burntisland;
- Improved local understanding of energy and climate change and inspiring others about what can be achieved when communities work together. It is hoped that this will inspire other communities to follow Burntisland’s lead;
- Reducing carbon emissions, showing that communities can take ownership of, and develop local solutions to this global problem;
- Experiential and learning benefits, the process of developing a Community Energy Masterplan for Burntisland has taught all involved, valuable lessons on how best to deliver Energy masterplans which emphasise community decision-making and ownership options. This knowledge will enable us to bring benefits to other local communities.
Carolyn Bell, Technical Officer (Climate Change and Zero Waste)
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 02 40 Contact Carolyn Bell online
By Post: Fife Council Bankhead Central Bankhead Park Glenrothes Fife KY7 6GH