Marches Energy Strategy: stakeholder engagement
SWM and Encraft
BEIS has provided all 38 LEPs in England with funding to develop an energy strategy for their area.
The Marches includes Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin. The area is home to 29,800 businesses and contributes over £12.3 billion to the national economy. The Marches Local Economic LEP has recognised that future energy provision is a key part of unlocking future growth potential. The current energy infrastructure is already at capacity in many areas and this presents both a threat to future business and housing development but also an opportunity to invest in innovation that can overcome these challenges providing a unique selling point for those in the energy supply chain to invest in the area.
The overall aim of the study was to develop the strategic energy evidence base for the Marches LEP bringing together work from across the area and consolidating it into one document that also identifies any relevant gaps necessary to inform energy strategy development.
Working with Encraft, SWM provided support in engaging with local stakeholders through delivery of workshops which gave them the platform to contribute to the strategy by feeding in their ideas and providing their vision for a strategy that would become reality. The aims of the workshop were to feed into:
- Identification of the energy challenges, opportunities and resultant priorities
- Development of an LEP-wide action plan
- Identification of funding options to deliver low carbon energy projects
Results and achievements
- SWM delivered a workshop in Telford for over 20 delegates from businesses, local authorities, utilities companies, universities and the third sector.
- SWM drew on our experience of best practice in energy management from other LEP areas to highlight ways of successfully delivering energy projects in the Marches area.
- The LEP have been provided with an evidence base report, draft energy strategy and action plan that is tailored to their local needs.
- Short, medium and long term priorities have been established along with action steps required to deliver the strategy.
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