Thursday, 6 November 2014

The Role of District Heating in our Future......................... Exeter & East Devon Low Carbon Task Force to address Transition Exeter meeting........ Tues 11th November

Interest is growing in the possibilities of locally-produced energy:
Futures Forum: Local energy can be very profitable: "Seizing the opportunity of decentralised energy generation can provide new income streams for communities and councils."

This coming Tuesday 11th November, Transition Exeter will be looking at the idea for the city and beyond:

Exeter Community Energy & Transition Exeter present

Exeter’s Energy Future: open forums to change the way we produce, use and think about energy

The Role of District Heating in our Future
Tuesday 11 November 6:45pm

With John Rigby, the chair of Exeter and East Devon Low Carbon Task Force

A rare chance to get inside information on the work of the Exeter and East Devon Low Carbon Task Force (LCTF) – most notably plans for a centralised district heating system. The LCTF’s chair John Rigby will give a presentation and we’ll have an open forum to explore the significance of these plans and how ECOE can work with the LCTF to address our energy challenges at a local level.

The Meeting Room, Stephens Scown Solicitors, Curzon House, Southernhay, Exeter.

Networking at 6.45, talk at 7.15 followed by open session for learning together.
Free event, all welcome, refreshments available.
Download poster here.

Contact Gill Wyatt on 07806 623311 or email info@ecoe.org.uk.

Transition Exeter November 2014 Newsletter

This is what the Exeter and Devon Low Carbon Task Force are about:

Low Carbon Task Force

Our Mission

The Mission of the Low Carbon Task Force is:
to reduce energy consumption, carbon footprint and energy costs in the area
to increase energy efficiency through smart initiatives and technologies
by working across the growth area in Exeter, East Devon and Teignbridge

Who We Are

The partners are: Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Energy Saving Trust, E.ON, Exeter Chamber of Commerce, Exeter City Council, Met Office, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust, Teignbridge District Council, University of Exeter.

The Low Carbon Task Force was set up in September 2011 , and all parties involved in creating the Task Force signed a Memorandum of Understanding at a launch event (June 2011) to formally recognise this collaborative and innovative partnership between the public and private sectors.

The principle objectives of the MOU are to:
Reduce energy consumption & energy costs
Increase energy efficiency
Seek continuous improvement
Promote the transition to a low carbon economy
Secure opportunities for business development
Bring about additional benefits to the community
Job creation
Community engagement

Relationships with other groups

The Task Force has E.ON as its primary energy partner but this is a non exclusive partnership. We work closely with the Exeter Sustainable Business Network

We also work with Exeter Community Energy who are delivering renewable energy infrastructure such as solar PV.

How we work

The members of the task force are all engaged in delivering low carbon projects as part of their remit. Collectively, the task force commissions research, develops joint strategies, has an agreed action plan, bids for funding and runs a range of implementation projects.

We have a strong track record already and have ambitious plans for the future – a brief outline of our projects is below.

Why are we working on low carbon projects?

We are concerned that energy costs are high and becoming an increasing burden to households, pushing thousands of them into fuel poverty, and adversely affecting business performance because energy costs are a rising cost of doing business.

The Government’s statutory adviser, the Committee on Climate Change has recommended that energy supply is rapidly decarbonised – electricity, for example, produces ten times the carbon emissions which the Committee regards as safe from a climate change perspective and has adopted a strategy of dramatically increasing renewable energy supply by 2030 and improving the efficiency with which we use energy.

Centralised electricity production is also inefficient, with 65% of the input energy wasted from large, conventional power stations. Combined Heat and Power can halve these losses.

Finally, we are concerned that expert bodies such as National Grid are predicting power shortages within a few years and so we are committed to delivering a resilient, localised energy supply during the coming years. In summary, we believe that our strategy will deliver lower business costs and create jobs in a growing sector, thus underpinning the local economy.

LCTF Strategy

Our strategy covers the period to 2026 and has intermediate targets, with a detailed programme of action for 2014/15. The strategy and programme for 2014/15 have both been approved by the Growth Board.

The Exeter Network Detailed Feasibility and Exe Crossing Studies are also available to view from this website - click here or follow the link on the right under Related Documents.

Our Key Projects

Energy Centre and District Heating at Cranbrook and Skypark
Monkerton development
South West Exeter development
City Centre District Heating scheme
Smart Systems
New Build exemplars

Building Retrofits
Cosy Devon
Ready for Retrofit
Laings Easyform
Energy performance contracts for operational buildings

Electric vehicle strategy
Electric vehicle charging points
Fleet reviews
New Stations – Cranbrook, Newcourt, Marsh Barton

Signing of the LCTF MoU (May 2011) l-r Michael Woodhead, managing director of E.ON's sustainable energy business, Chris Lorimer, chairman of Exeter Chamber of Commerce's sustainability network, Cllr Paul Diviani, East Devon District Council, Cllr Will Mumford, Devon County Council and Cllr Pete Edwards, Exeter City Council and chair of Exeter and East Devon Growth Point Steering Board. Picture credit: Harrera Images

Low Carbon Task Force - Exeter and East Devon Growth Point

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