First Steps 2011

Fal Energy Partnership: for an integrated energy plan for Falmouth and Penryn Community Network area.

The Initial partners included:

Supporters: Sarah Newton MP, Exeter University,  with many other supportive organisations, groups and individuals in the Community Network Area.

The aim of the partnership project – to develop an action plan for Falmouth to take the area closer to a sustainable energy future.

One of the first actions of the project was to build on the significant numbers of studies which had already been carried out for Falmouth, Penryn etc alongside an assessment of the present energy use and potential for renewable energy in the area.

This process led to a greater understanding of the complete energy potential for Fal area as well as an appreciation of the area’s vulnerability to rapidly rising prices for fossil fuels such as petrol, natural gas and most electricity supplies.

Subsequently the aim has been to work with key people in the Community Network Area to agree a set of actions and projects, which fit the overall ethos of the area and increase its economic prosperity through the use of local companies along with increasing the energy sustainability of the area.

The first stages of the project were completed by renewable energy degree students as part of their work experience over the summer of 2011. They were being assisted by volunteers, including a local community worker and an independent energy consultant. The two main areas of attention were Power/Energy and Transport with emphasis on how to increase local solutions and reduce local consumption.

The launch meeting in May 2011 was attended by 18 individuals including current and past Town Managers, local MP, Community Network Manager and Energy specialists plus students and a lecturer from Exeter University (Tremough).

The completion of the initial report was aimed to coincide with Falmouth 350 (Oct 5th) as part of the new Charter for Falmouth with its commitment to the next 50 years. The initial report produced data that confirmed the ability of the area to ‘power’ itself.  The study continues…

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