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 and is 50% funded by the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) delivered by Local Energy Scotland and 50% by Interreg, the North Sea Region of the European Regional Development Fund.
The Highland and Islands pilot project is to develop four local energy plans for local areas within the Highlands and Islands Enterprise region.
We are delighted that Oban has been selected as one of the four – along with Drumnadrochit near Inverness, Brae in Shetland, and Barra and Vatersay in the Western Isles.
For further information on the Local Energy Plan Pilot Project see the Local Energy Scotland website here.
Energy Information Event
We held an Energy Information Event on Saturday the 3rd of March, from 2.30pm to 6.30pm in Glencruitten Church Hall. The purpose of this event was to invite the Oban community along to learn about the Local Energy Oban project, help us to understand what matters most to them and to help set priorities for the development of the Plan moving forward. The event also brought together a number of local organisations to promote their own services and identify how they fit in to local energy themes.
As well as the hot drinks and cakes (much appreciated with the Beast from the East still in town!) there was an educational corner for children which included our Energy Art Competition. This was won by Cameron McEwan with his bin tracker idea for smarter, more energy efficient refuse collection. The judges thought this would be an innovative idea, especially in and around Oban where the service covers such a large and diverse local area. Cameron won a £20 gift voucher kindly donated by Oban Phoenix Cinema and will probably be taking his family to see Early Man or Black Panther.
We welcome the Oban community to join in on the virtual focus groups and so should you like to participate please express your interest by emailing Katie Evamy on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit our interactive information stand based in Oban library where you can learn more about the project, vote for your top priorities for your community, leave comments and sign up to focus groups. Keep your eyes peeled for further information stands popping up around the Oban community.
Please download a copy of our Local Energy Oban Information Leaflet should you wish to pass information on, or print and display it locally.
For further information on how to get involved and regular updates as the project progresses please join us on social media by following the Facebook and Twitter links from the menu.