Hampshire County Council's Energy Strategy
Hampshire County Council agreed an Energy Strategy at a meeting of Cabinet on 29 October 2012. The long-term strategy is designed to supercede the interim approach which went through Cabinet in February 2012.
The Energy Strategy presents the three key energy risks to Hampshire:
Security of supply;
before setting out the County Council's response including its aims and objectives.
Energy is a necessity, which has an impact on every aspect of life today. As communities we have come to rely on readily available energy to keep us warm in our homes, to make our businesses thrive and support the infrastructure around us.
The cost of energy is a particular concern both for domestic and business users. Lowering the cost base by using less and being more efficient in what is used, can begin to help users insulate themselves against rising prices. By considering alternative fuels, we can decrease our reliance on centralised energy suppliers and reduce our exposure to future price rises
As a local authority we have a responsibility to lead by example and empower behaviours to act on energy issues. There are a variety of ways in which we can do this, and by establishing an energy strategy a focus can be drawn.
Energy is a growing and developing market place. For local authorities to be effective in this arena they need to consider where and how to act, so as to achieve the best for the authority and the communities they serve. New areas of business might also financially support other social services. There are aspects of energy that can be used to drive economic growth, by lowering the cost base to businesses, reducing the risk around continuity of supply or developing markets.
By addressing the challenges and opportunities presented, Hampshire County Council and the communities it serves will continue to be supported by energy in the way we are accustomed to, overcoming the challenges and exploiting the opportunities, in order to maintain and improve current standards.