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Energy and Waste


Please note the below information is not the final Devon Carbon Plan, but formed part of initial engagement about what should be in the Plan:

Model what a net-zero energy and waste Devon looks like in the long term.

Involve communities. Everybody needs to be encouraged to do what they can.

Wind is the cheapest form of energy – lobby nationally to remove planning restrictions.

Regulate commercial waste better.

Reduce electricity demand and upgrade the electricity grid to allow more renewable energy generation.

Public sector should purchase renewable energy from local generators.

Participants

Co-Chairs

Kerry Hayes

Hannah Lawrie

Ian Hutchcroft

Witnesses

Paul Jewell, Western Power Distribution

Jodie Giles, Regen

David Rose, South West Water

Gabriel Wondrausch, Sungift Energy

Chris Clarke, Wales and West Utilities

Richard Palmer, Roadnight Taylor

Wendy Barratt, Devon County Council

Tony Norton, Centre for Energy and the Environment

Sonya Bedford, Stephens Scown

Winston Reed, GFL Group

Katherine Vinnicombe, Impact Energy

Dan Cooke, Viridor

Key Points Summary

Key Outcomes

  • Model what a net-zero energy and waste Devon looks like in the long term. This will help identify the actions that are ‘no-regret’ that can be delivered now.
  • Involve communities. Everybody needs to be encouraged to do what they can.
  • Wind is the cheapest form of energy – the National Planning Policy Framework needs strong, joined-up lobbying to remove this restriction
  • Grid reinforcement is necessary, combined with storage, flexibility services and demand reduction to minimise the extent of reinforcement
  • Public sector has an opportunity to fill the void left from the removal of subsidies by purchasing energy direct from new generation
  • Commercial waste is a problem – needs better regulation and more incentives to move up the waste hierarchy

Key Actions

Quadruple renewable electricity supply

Utilise biomethane

Concentrate on promoting the waste hierarchy

Enhance gas capture at landfill sites

Net-Zero Energy from Waste Facilities

Engage communities more on energy, waste and carbon issues

Develop a holistic energy strategy for Devon

Encourage pension funds to divest

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