The aims in our rules state that we will help communities to measure current energy consumption, in order to plan a descent to low carbon living. In practice, the most cost-effective way of reducing our reliance on energy is to reduce our demand. We can do that by changing our habits, and by taking up technologies, such as low energy lighting, smart meters or electric cars. Hence, energy practitioners talk about a “hierarchy”, in which energy efficiency is top of the list of actions, followed by deploying renewable energy generation.
For Carmarthenshire Energy, the aim is to use profits from renewable energy schemes to support the work that needs to be done on measuring and planning reduced demand. This puts the cart before the horse, but we encourage communities to consider the priorities of demand versus supply when looking at the menu of projects here. In time, we hope to have active projects under all of these headings.