The SAVE Project – A community-based research programme
The SAVE Project is providing a dedicated resource person – Community Coach – and associated funding to support positive improvements in local quality of life for two communities within and around the Solent area.
The aims of the project are to make each community more sustainable – whether that be environmentally, socially or economically.
Within each selected ‘trial’ community, local residents and organisations have been able to draw on the resources of the SAVE Project over a continuous two year period to help identify the priorities for change and improvement that they would most like to see.
The project will then support the community to achieve its chosen objectives as part of a dedicated local strategy.
SAVE is actively supported by key local agencies including the local council, public utilities (electricity, gas, water), universities, social landlords, business and environmental groups. These agencies have been partnering the community in helping to deliver the community’s agreed strategy over the two year period.
The SAVE Project is funded by Ofgem, the energy industry regulator.
As well as supporting the trial communities to achieve their individual objectives, it is hoped that the Project will also offer opportunities for researching how service agencies and communities can work collaboratively to achieve positive change in energy consumption through energy efficiency measures.
In particular, the Project has been looking closely at the opportunities for reducing energy consumption, especially peak electricity demand. The lessons learned will allow good practice to be shared through Ofgem with all electricity network operators across the UK.
An understanding of how to manage peak demand will assist network engineers in making optimum decisions about how and when to invest in upgrading the power distribution system – and in the process, minimise disruption for communities affected. This will be particularly relevant in areas where the existing network is operating at or near capacity,
The research work is running in parallel with the efforts to deliver the community’s own distinctive strategy. The collaborative work between service agencies and the community will ideally provide a framework within which the energy efficiency research can be managed most effectively.
If you have any questions about the Kings Worthy project or would like to find out more, please contact Alison Skillen, Community support contact on email@example.com or call 01962 827083.
If you wish to contact SEEPD to discuss the SAVE project as whole, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org