Useful Links and Information
Department of Energy and Climate Change - Community Energy sets out the Governments approach to community energy and contains some useful links.
Community Pathways offers practical advice on setting up a community energy scheme based on real working examples.
Plan Local provides a good general introduction to community energy.
Hydropower A guide for you and your community provides a clear overview on setting up a hydro power scheme.
Regen SW provides a good overview of setting up a community energy project and provides information and advice on the various technologies available.
Community Shares website backed by the Department for Communities and local Government offering advice on how to set up a community share offer scheme.
Department of Energy and Climate Change - The Rural Community Energy Fund actions to stimulate rural economic growth
The Community Generation Fund a nationally available fund created to provide a catalyst for community-owned renewable energy infrastructure
The Centre for Sustainable Energy advice on finance and legal issues associated with community energy projects.
Department for Communities and Local Government Planning Portal advice on all aspects of the planning process
What is energy demand management?Energy demand management, or demand side management, is used to reduce the electricity demand from consumers, particularly during peak times when overall demand is highest. A reduced peak demand is usually achieved through altering the time that energy is needed by the customer and/or decreasing the overall amount of energy used. Customers are encouraged to use less energy at peak times which assists the National Grid to meet overall demand requirements. This also helps to reduce the need for investment in further energy generation infrastructure to meet higher national demands over time. These factors lead to the electricity being cheaper at off-peak times. Energy demand can also be shifted to times of the day which are more suitable for using energy generated through renewable technology, such as wind or solar power.
How does energy demand management work?Reducing overall customer energy demand can be achived through technology based saving, for example switching to more efficient appliances or installing solar panels. Energy demand can also be reduced through behaviour changes, for example by turning appliances off when they aren't needed. Shifting energy use to different times of the day and avoiding peak times will help to reduce pressure on the National Grid and also produce savings for customers. Most households or businesses have some equipment or processes which could be flexible in their energy use. For example, storage heating, refrigeration and air conditioning. Smart technology can be used to automatically track the electricity prices on the market over time and ensure that each customer gets the best price for their individual energy use. Automated equipment can also be used to move the customer's usage away from the peak demand times.
What are the benefits of energy demand management to you or your organisation?
- Decreased energy bills;
- Decreased carbon emissions;
- Improved network reliability;
- Opportunity to receive payments from the National Grid; and
- Increased awareness of the benefits of energy conservation.