Meeting the Marches' Vision

The challenge

Our energy supplies are high on the political agenda with very high fuel, gas and electricity prices confronting our communities. Fuel poverty rates are increasing and climate change remains a critical challenge as across the Marches we work towards carbon neutrality by 2030.

Consequently, we need to see planning and delivery of renewable energy and energy efficiency programmes. This is crucial to our long-term energy security as well as the benefits of creating skilled green jobs and improving health and quality of life outcomes for vulnerable householders.

One part of our response is delivering on the Marches LEP’s Energy Strategy which includes a 2030 Vision of 50% of our power demand being met by local renewables. The LEP covers Herefordshire, Shropshire, and Telford & Wrekin, including the three councils and business interests.

Marches Energy Agency has produced a report addressing how the Vision can be met in several scenarios which confront us with taking local action. Business as usual will not achieve the Vision.

Meeting the Marches' Vision webinar

Thank you to everyone who attended our first session on Thursday 28th April 2022. Below you can find both the PDF presentation slides, the report itself as well as Demand Generation Scenarios.

Thank you to Shropshire and Telford Community Energy and Power to Change for making this happen!

Speakers included Heather Kieniewicz of Marches Energy Agency and Robert Saunders, Acting Chair of Shropshire and Telford Community Energy. We also heard from Alethea Warrington from Possible, Dave Green from Sharenergy / Big Solar, and Gordon Coppock, Marches LEP’s energy and net zero champion.

We are keen to hear from you. If you have any further questions or solutions that will help us progress, contact rebecca@mea.org.uk and she will direct you to the most appropriate person to work through your queries and ideas!

Please see useful resources below -

Download presentation PDF

Download Report

Link to Demand & Generation Scenarios Excel

Video Recording