Local Energy Plan

Drumnadrochit Local Energy Plan 

Published in July 2018 it was developed by a local delivery group which will meet regularly to address the actions outlined in it. The plan will be taken forward by a delivery group made up of local representatives and key partners for further information on the Delivery Group please contact info@soirbheas.org.

To view a copy of the Local Energy Plan:
Full Plan

Transport Feasibility Study for Glen Urquhart and Strathglass
One of the recommendations from the Local Energy Plan was to undertake and Transport Feasibility Study for the area. The study will aim to identify the viability of different transport options with a view to improving the transport provision for both residents and visitors to the area. The consultation process will be undertaken during summer 2019 – if you would like to participate in the process have your say please complete the survey.

What is a Local Energy Plan?
Local Energy Plans aim to set out the key priorities and opportunities, taking into account the views and priorities of a range of stakeholders, including individuals, community organisations and local businesses, the local authority, the Distribution Network Operator (Scottish and Southern Electric Networks) and local generators.

Local Energy Plans make recommendations and suggest practical projects with the aim of complementing current and future energy system developments.

Drumnadrochit –  Local Energy Plan

This Local Energy Plan has been developed to enable the Drumnadrochit community to look at its existing and future energy needs in terms of power, heat and transport and determine where it sees priorities for action.

It has been created by the community, rather than being developed for them by other bodies (e.g. local authorities or National Government).

The development of the plan has been led by a steering group including Soirbheas, Glen Urquhart Rural Community Association, the Chamber of Commerce and the Community Council.

The Local Energy Plan provides a start in the community’s engagement with its energy needs. It offers a focus for immediate opportunities that can be developed in the short term. It also provides scope for longer-term planning for further changes in the future.

COBEN Programme Background

The Community Benefit of  Civic Energy –  COBEN project aims to evolve support for community energy to move from a focus of electricity generation supported by subsidies to a more whole system approach where communities’ energy generation, energy efficiency, heat, transport, storage and future usage needs are considered together.

Local Energy Scotland led a pilot to develop and implement local energy plans for four local communities in the Scottish Highlands and Islands Enterprise Region and to develop a common local energy plan methodology, business model templates and IT tools.

The pilot area
The four locations were Brae (Shetland Islands), Drumnadrochit (Inverness), Barra and Vatersay (Western Isles) and Oban. They were selected to reflect the range in sizes, locations, attributes and challenges that communities have across the Highlands and Islands.

Read more about local energy planning.