Energy is essential to our City. It provides heat for our homes, powers our transport and keeps our healthcare system running. In a world where natural resources are limited, establishing an affordable, locally generated green energy supply is vital to maintain our quality of life and to improve Exeter’s energy security and resilience.
Meeting this goal will require access to new renewable generation technologies, increased public and private investment, a strong and engaged community who want to make change and a focus on regulatory frameworks and innovative business models that can transform our local energy systems.
Exeter is strongly committed to renewable energy. Over the past decade the City has established a community-owned energy co-op, deployed renewable generation across public sites and delivered large-scale district heating networks in partnership with the private sector. But we can, and must, do more…
In a Net Zero Exeter, all residents will have access to locally generated renewable sources of energy.
- 100% of electricity consumed by the city shall be generated from clean sources.
- Exeter shall have a Heat Network that provides district heating to a number of public sector buildings across the city.
- Exeter shall be engaged in multi-authority strategic planning to exploit the maximum potential for renewable generation (solar, wind, geothermal) and shall be capturing 4.8TWh energy per annum from 2025 onwards.
- Exeter shall have engaged the public in identifying renewable energy solutions that are acceptable in the context of the energy choices available.
- Exeter shall have deployed smart grid technology to realise the potential local benefits of regional generation.
- Exeter shall have world-leading programmes of research into enhanced energy generation efficiency, focussing on areas with the potential to improve natural energy resource conversion efficiency e.g. solar cell technology.
- Exeter shall have a programme of investment and innovation into geothermal and marine technologies.
- Data on sources of energy generation in the city shall be shared publicly, so consumers are better informed about the source of their energy use.