What is the FEP?
The Fal Energy Partnership (FEP) draws together local organisations and interested individuals who care passionately about creating a low carbon future for Falmouth, Penryn and the surrounding area.
To increase our energy security we need to produce local renewable energy and improve the energy efficiency of all buildings. This will reduce the rapidly rising annual fuel bill for the area, which accounts for nearly 20% of the local economy.
How does it work?
The FEP is an Industrial Provident Society (I&P Act 1965) which has been established for the benefit of the local community. Local businesses and individuals are welcome to become members. This is established on a 1 Member : 1 Vote basis. Therefore an individual has absolutely the same control as does a local business.
With increasing membership, we will be able to progress with plans to address local renewable energy production. It’s likely this could include locally owned wind and solar projects that can generate an income which can then be ploughed into local community projects such as improving energy efficiency and local food production.
What have we achieved so far?
We were fortunate to secure funding from DECC in 2012 which led to the production of the FEP Energy Info Pack distributed widely throughout our community area. This provided useful information to households and businesses on ways to become more energy efficient. The funding also supported the production of a baseline report providing key information and a Hotmap to support businesses and individuals working on energy projects.
In 2016 we secured funding from the Rural Community Energy Fund for a feasibility study into generating 2MW of solar electricity from local roofs. This report was delivered in July 2017 and showed that one project was feasible.
What do we want to achieve in the next 12 months?
We really want to continue to build strong relationships with the 3 local Parish Councils and 2 Town Councils and we will continue to attend council meetings. We will progress the local renewable energy project highlighted in our RCEF report to produce a business plan, working through the business case and funding requirements. This will enable us to attract local investment and arrange bank finance to deliver a key renewable energy project that will benefit our local community. We will also continue to promote ‘energy democracy‘, raise our profile and promote membership.
How can you help?
You can become a member for £1 together with completing the application form on our website. This is open to individuals and local businesses on a 1 Member : 1 Vote basis. This will give you a say on how we move forward and which local projects we support.
If you would like to become a member please download and complete the form and bring it along to the next FEP meeting with your £1 membership.