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Community energy: urban planning for a low carbon future

Download community energy: urban planning for a low carbon future

Download the accompanying hypothetical city map

The TCPA and the Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) joint best practice guide - ‘community energy: urban planning for a low carbon future’ - co-sponsored by national regeneration agency English Partnerships, sets out that a step change is needed in how energy is generated and supplied, with a transition to decentralised energy and power based on low and zero carbon technologies.

The guide demonstrates effective energy strategies and highlights a new role for local authorities, their communities and stakeholders to be sustainable energy pioneers. Local authorities are significant purchasers of energy services and can therefore act as a catalyst for energy projects. Leading by example local authorities also have the potential for their portfolio of buildings to provide long-term supply contracts as security for community energy projects. 

Through case studies and a hypothetical city model the guide examines the key features of decentralised energy. It explores which combination of technologies makes most sense at different scales and looks at the opportunities for new and existing building typologies and uses, and the relationship of a town or city to its rural hinterland. The report suggests the framework needed to promote and facilitate these technologies including district heating, highlighting the role of central and local government, and developers and energy companies in its delivery.

Community energy: planning, development and delivery

Download Community energy: planning, development and delivery

In November 2010 the CHPA, TCPA and LDA Design launched the second guide in this series around practical guidance on bringing forward community energy projects. It is aimed at everyone from community groups and local authorities, through to professionals and developers.

The guide focuses on the stages of development - rather than specific technology options - to make sure, whichever opportunity is pursed, it is delivered for optimum benefit.  It has also been authored to ensure it is of relevance for a wide ranging audience including sustainability and energy officers, through to planners and community groups, alongside others such as property developers and housing associations.

It is designed to assist potential energy project developers to:

  • Translate energy opportunities into financially viable and deliverable low-carbon projects;
  • Understand the stages of developing an energy project and who is involved along the way;
  • Identify the most appropriate and best fit business and financial models for their scheme;
  • Understand, create or influence energy maps for use as a resource to inform projects, master plans or development plans;
  • Gain an understanding of energy use in buildings and developments and a range of energy sources that may be at their disposal;



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