The Energy and Transport subgroup aims to promote and enable sustainable energy use. It has in recent years run events and workshops on fuel poverty, energy efficiency and the generation of renewable energy for community benefit.
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Structure of this group
Members of the subgroup operate also as representatives of Rural Development Plan, Menter Bro Dinefwr, Menter Cwm Gwendraeth, Environment Wales, Llandeilo Town Council, The Peoples Assembly of Llandeilo, and Carmarthenshire County Council.
Our aim is to reach out to as many groups in the area as possible to avoid duplicating activities and to maximise support.
The aims of the project are:
- to promote energy efficiency to get people to reduce their energy use;
- To get them to consider replacing the existing light bulbs with LEDs;
- to get to look at quick wins for energy efficiency such as draught proofing;
- to advise them on sources of finance, whether grants or cheap loans;
- to point them to contractors in the area who might carry out more advanced measures;
- to advise them on installing renewable energy, whether renewable heat or electricity.
- It is thought that the best initial approach to members of the community should be an offer to help them reduce their energy bills, since this is a matter of paramount concern.
- It is also thought that we should target significant businesses and individuals in the community, who are held in wide regard, who might stand as an example to others, to influence their behaviour
- Candace Browne offered her house in town on Diana Road as an exemplar for some measures that others could implement themselves. We would organise a open day for interested members of the public to come along.
- We would approach one of the major energy companies such as Centrica or EDF to ask them if they would like to prioritise Llandeilo for the Energy Company Obligation home energy efficiency improvement measures they legally have to carry out to be an exemplar town for Wales.
- We would also seek a farm exemplar to appeal to the farming community. One farm was on the eco-homes network last year.
- We would also approach Age Concern with an offer to present to them.
Paul Thomas from Menter Cwm Gwendraeth says that there is funding available for surveys on energy, food, transport and waste.
Download minutes of the Energy subgroup meeting 29 March 2013
Nationally domestic property accounts for some 27% of energy consumption. This figure is likely to be nearer 50% in Llandeilo and reducing domestic energy consumption is seem as critical to a sustainable community. Residents are encouraged to investigate the Green Deal and obtain an assessment of their property.
- A programme of alternative energy generation has been started and currently we are looking at the potential for hydro power. It is recognised that these will be relatively small schemes but it is intended that they lead to larger, more diverse schemes, including biomass or energy from waste.
- Being a largely rural, farming community we think there is a higher than usual use of diesel powered vehicles in the area. The group is intending to raise the awareness of biodiesel and vegetable oil as alternatives and to establish regular supplies of these fuels within the community.
- In the longer term the group is keen to investigate the potential for a car club and electric or hydrogen fuelled cars – the aim being to reduce overall petrol fuelled vehicle use.