Community-led local energy plan toolkit
The Scottish Government’s approach to local energy planning is focused on where they have devolved powers: heat and energy efficiency. Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES) form the basis of planning and delivering local energy systems in Scotland, led by the local council, and involve engaging multiple stakeholders including community groups. There is scope to go beyond this, however, and consider the whole energy system including energy generation, distribution, storage and transport.
There are several different strategic approaches that can be taken to progress plans that encompass the whole energy system available to local energy planning. A community-led approach is one such strategy.
A community-led plan tends to focus on smaller geographical areas, but can benefit and support other local, regional, and national strategies. We encourage you to engage with your local council to understand how your plan can integrate into its wider strategic plans.
A guide and toolkit were developed as part of a pilot project to support the development and implementation of four community-led local energy plans.
This toolkit supports the guide which covers every step of the process. We suggest that you read the guide to developing community-led local energy planning before you start moving through the toolkit.
The toolkit has six stages; each stage has additional guidance, templates and examples to help you develop your plan.