Community Benefits of Civic Energy (COBEN)

The COBEN project consists of six separate pilot projects with a community energy focus which are being delivered across the EU North Sea Region. One of these pilots is based in the Highland and Islands of Scotland to develop four local energy plans for local areas within the region. We are delighted that Oban was selected as one of the four energy plans (along with Drumnadrochit near Inverness, Brae in Shetland, and Barra and Vatersay in the Western Isles). Oban’s Local Energy Plan has now been complete and is available for public distribution. A copy of the plan can be accessed here: Local Energy Plan (full version), and a short summary of the plan is also available: Local Energy Plan (summary).

Oban’s Local Energy Plan: What’s it all about?

The Local Energy Plan (LEP) enables the local community to look at its existing and future energy needs in terms of power, heat and transport and sets out where it sees priorities for action. It then identifies opportunities that could help to address these priorities and when implemented could see benefits for both individuals and the community of Oban well into the future. In developing this LEP, a number of engagement activities have been carried out in Oban in order to offer members of the community a chance to share their opinion, which helped to shape the plan. These activities identified three main priorities that individuals want to see tackled by Oban’s Local Energy Plan:

  • Cheaper energy bills
  • Warmer homes that are better insulated
  • Increased local energy generation

In terms of any proposed energy projects, individuals wanted those projects to be prioritised in order to deliver local benefits relating to:

  • Lower fuel poverty
  • Reduction in electricity prices
  • Increased local energy generation

How to get involved?

With the final version of the plan now available and some exciting opportunities identified for future energy projects, a forward thinking and enthusiastic group of local people is needed to help make it a reality. Do you live in or close to Oban and have a passion for energy, sustainability or just a love for our environment? If so then we’d love to hear from you. Perhaps you are already part of a local community group who would be interested in getting involved or hearing more about Oban’s Local Energy plan.  For further information please contact Katie Evamy on katie@alienergy.org.uk

We are having a get-together on Thursday 25th October from 6-8pm at Squeeze Juice Bar in Oban. This will be an opportunity for you to find out more and join Oban’s Energy Group. There will be a pot of soup or yummy equivalent on offer with tea/coffee/juices available to buy from the juice bar. Please let us know if you plan to come along so we can make sure there is plenty soup for you! Hopefully see you there.

Please feel free to circulate this leaflet and poster both within the community and online to ensure that news of this Energy Group reaches the whole community

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