Energy strategy

Energy strategy

East Hampshire District Council created the energy strategy in November 2014.

The energy strategy will help us deliver a low-carbon, energy efficient, economically vibrant community.

It builds on the Corporate Strategy and the Joint Core Strategy, also known as the Local Plan, that will shape and guide development in East Hampshire to 2028.

Annual greenhouse gas report

Climate change is becoming increasingly more important at the local and national level. Since 2011 local authorities have been required by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), now the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to measure and report their greenhouse gas emissions.

Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) 1995 report

The Home Energy Conservation Act (1995) recognises local authorities' ability to use their position to improve the energy efficiency of all residential accommodation in their areas. It also contributes to to the wider agenda at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to ensure that energy supplies are smarter, cleaner, more secure and affordable to consumers and businesses and by supporting economic growth across the country.

EHDC HECA report sets out the domestic energy conservation measures that the authority considers practicable, cost-effective and likely to result in significant improvement in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in its area.  A copy of EHDC’s report can be found here.

Current projects

The first year of the energy strategy has already seen the initiation of several projects.

Electric vehicle charge-points

East Hampshire has higher carbon emissions than the rest of the UK and higher than the majority of councils in Hampshire.

We support plans to reduce car journeys through:

  • Improved public transport
  • Car sharing
  • Housing developments
  • The use of electric vehicles.

Providing an electric vehicle charge-point network makes electric vehicles a practical and affordable alternative. We plan to fund car charging points across the district and ensure all new buildings are equipped with external charging points as standard.

Where the electricity supply is generated from renewable sources, carbon-emissions are reduced.

The introduction of plug-in electric vehicles is supported by government through grants towards the cost of an electric vehicle and subsidies for installing domestic charge-points. The number of electric vehicles registered in the UK in the three months to March 2015 is 300% year-on-year.

An outline business case was approved in May 2015, and a full business case will follow in September 2015.

Solar photovoltaics (PV)

Solar photovoltaics (PV) is an appropriate technology for south-east England, where the sunshine resource is similar to Germany.

The idea to install solar PV panels on buildings will help to increase the amount of renewable energy generated locally and reduce carbon emissions by displacing the use of fossil fuels.

East Hampshire District Council is aiming to work with partners and invest in an ‘urban’ solar farm.

The three categories of building are:

  • EHDC's own buildings
  • commercial buildings where suitable roofspace is available
  • roofs on up to 10% of new homes which are forecast to be built in East Hampshire.

Private investors in solar PV gain financially in three ways:

  • Income per kilowatt hour (kWh) generated exported to the grid of approximately 5p per kWh
  • Income from a Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) of 13.7p per kWh
  • Saving from using electricity generated by their panels avoiding 15p per kWh

The FiT may be reviewed, but currently is guaranteed by energy companies for 20 years.

A 4kw system on a south facing roof might generate 3400KWhs per annum resulting in income generation of £490, export income of £81 and saving on electricity bills of £255 per annum; a total of £826.

In all cases, the use of renewable energy displaces fossil fuels, and reduces carbon emissions.

EHDC is working on a full business case, which will be complete by the end of the year to consider options and identify partners to optimise benefits from solar PV.

Renewable heat

East Hampshire District Council won financial support from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and has benefitted from advice from DECC’s Heat Network Delivery Unit (HNDU) to identify the potential for investing in renewable heat in the district. There are two reports covering:

  • Renewable Heat Mapping, and
  • Renewable Heat Techno-economic Feasibility Studies

The Heat Mapping Report, published in August 2015, focused on identifying the best locations in East Hampshire for technically feasible and economically viable renewable heat projects.

The top locations identified are Penns Place and the Taro Leisure Centre, Alton Sports Centre (and nearby buildings) and an extensive district heat network centred in the planned town centre at Whitehill and Bordon, where a new leisure centre and swimming pool will be constructed.

The second of the two landmark reports commissioned by East Hampshire’s Energy Team, published in March 2016, presents detailed investment appraisals for the three locations identified in the first report.

The Renewable Heat Feasibility Studies report offers detailed analysis of the projects identified at the Mapping stage.

An attractive investment opportunity exists for Penns Place and the Taro Centre. This project is investment ready in 2016 and provides affordable, renewable heat from wood-chip for the office buildings and the leisure and swimming pool.

The second half provides outline techno-economic feasibility studies for the other two projects, Alton Sports Centre and Whitehill and Bordon Town Centre. These projects are in the pipeline for 2017/18 and 2019/20 respectively. Optimum scenarios for delivering attractive rates of return on investment are presented.

The Energy Team have access to the modelling tools used to assess options, so modifications to the scenarios can be made in the light of emerging investment parameters, ensuring that the best approach is made as each project is addressed.

Executive Summaries and Full Reports can be downloaded here: