Our Power in B&NES
The Bath & North East Somerset district spends £135 million every year on energy, the majority of which currently flows out of the district.
In B&NES, 20MW of renewable power is currently generated within the area – with B&NES Council's Core Strategy target that development should contribute to achieving a minimum of 275MW renewable energy in the district by 2029 (CP3).
The B&NES Community Energy Strategy sets out the Council's local approach to help maximise local renewable energy generation, and includes an objective to develop local energy supply as a way of supporting more local renewables, and keeping more of the economic benefit in the district.
Also in B&NES, 17% of households are living in fuel poverty. In particular, households with Pay As You Go meters often can’t access the best deals, whilst also having to manage on the lowest incomes.
The Our Power in B&NES scheme aims to help address these local priorities of maximising renewable energy development, supporting the local economy and reducing fuel poverty.
The scheme creates a platform for future innovation to support these objectives and to help the district transition to a low carbon economy with a smart, low carbon electricity infrastructure.