that LA21 is focused on local community level
activities, the sort of energy project ideas that
have emerged have tended to concern energy efficiency
improvements in housing at the domestic level,
rather than larger scale grid linked renewable
so, there is a significant potential for saving
and generating power via small-scale projects.
After all in many cases power can be generated
from local renewable sources and used locally,
without having to endure losses through distribution
over the power grid.
renewable energy is easier to access in rural
areas. However some renewables can also offer
significant local level potential in urban environments
- the most obvious examples being roof top mounted
solar heat collectors and photovoltaic (PV) power
are examples of both approaches in use in Milton
Keynes, where a wide range of energy saving projects
has been tested out. Most of MK's houses are built
to high insulation standards.
And there are nearly three hundred active and
passive solar houses, plus some houses with
PV cells providing electricity.
local MEP, Eryl McNally, is a keen supporter of
LA21 and renewable energy -
No matter where in Europe you are, no matter where
you are working on LA21, there are possibilities
with renewable energy. It makes people think whereabouts
energy comes from. It localises it. "
is an urgent need for practical models which explore
the options for 'sustainable development', and
especially how this concept can be applied to
the places where we already
live and work.
to the scale of the energy problem, small projects
like this can seem not very significant, but demonstration
projects can raise awareness and stimulate interest
in larger scale projects.
Eryl McNally, MEP, says -
" One of the most
important things it can do is to wake up ordinary
people in their locality so they see what is happening.
Its all very well grand projects going on hundreds
of miles away but it's when you see in your neighbourhood
that you can contribute that the sort of awareness
we need to begin."