Skip to Content

Dorset Community Energy Network

These are the pages of the Dorset Community Sustainable Energy Group - updated with news / events / case studies and projects concerning the developing field of Community Energy in Dorset.

Energy is important because we completely rely on it to produce electricity which has become an integrated part of our lifestyles. Currently fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas), are mainly used to produce the electricity we so heavily rely on. There is much evidence that fossil fuels are a main factor towards causing climate change and global warming. Fossil fuels are also non-renewable energy sources and will run out one day. Both these reasons mean we need to start looking into alternative energy sources to continue to support our ever increasing use of electricity in a sustainable way.

Currently in Dorset the total annual expenditure on electricity is about £280 million per year. Virtually all this money flows out of the economy to buy imported fuels. This money could be retained in the local economy through the use of local renewable sources of energy.

A report called REvision 2010 produced in 2005 provided draft targets for renewable electricity for each of the 7 South West Counties including Dorset. The report suggested that Dorset could achieve 8.4-9.9% of electricity demand produced by renewable energy. But renewable energy installed in Dorset has only increased by 500kW since 2007. Dorset would need approximately 40 times the total existing renewable energy capacity installed by 2020 in order to play an equal part in delivering the UK’s international legally binding share on the European renewable energy targets.

There are many organisations, groups and charities operating in Dorset which are focused on energy that would like to encourage use and support for renewable energy and also to give information and advice on energy efficiency.

- Hide introduction

Latest Topic News Syndicate content

Thanks to initial support from the CLS in Dorset programme Dorset Community Energy has grown from strength to strength.
This weekend, 12/13 September, 20 West Dorset homes will be open to visitors. The people who live in them have done something to...
Responding to the publication today of the government's Feed-in Tariff Review Merlin Hyman, chief executive of Regen SW [1] said...

Upcoming Events Syndicate content

Please check the Dorset Sustainable Events Calendar for more events.
Please check the Dorset Sustainable Events Calendar for more events.

Dorset Community Energy Network Discussions Syndicate content

Dorset Community Energy Network map

Javascript is required to view this map.
Red Marker Upcoming Event Blue Marker Organisation Purple Marker Person Yellow Marker Project

Web Feeds Syndicate content

Relevant Dorset Community Energy Network news from around the web.

Latest Resources Syndicate content

energyshare is a cutting edge digital marketing and communications agency that specialises in innovative engagement and behavioural change, helping...
Low Carbon Hub advisors have created a bank of trusted resources to help you on your community journey. Each of the blog posts links to relevant...

Latest Projects Syndicate content

There are numerous old mill sites and other potential hydropower sites in Dorset. The Feed in Tariffs, sales of electricity and avoided import of...
There are numerous old mill sites and other potential hydropower sites in Dorset. The Feed in Tariffs, sales of electricity and avoided import of...

Latest Funding Syndicate content

The Power to Change is an independent charitable Trust set up in 2015 to support, develop and grow community business across England.Over the next...
Rural communities across the UK are set to benefit from a new injection of funding to help them revive their villages through community enterprise....

Latest Organisations Syndicate content

Community Group
Our first aim is to provide accurate information about wind energy and the 3 current wind farm proposals. Our second aim is to encourage everyone...
Blandford Forum
Partnership
 The society aims to:Maintain or improve the physical, social and economic infrastructure within  the Stur Valley and surrounding area;...

 


da21 logo   Department of Energy and Climate Change logo   Dorset County Council