Strategic Energy Studies

Devon Community Energy Impact Report

The Devon Community Energy Impact Report provides an insight into community energy activity in Devon, and was delivered in partnership with Devon County Council and the 23 community energy organisations in the county.

Key Findings

  • There are more community energy organisations in Devon than any other county in the UK (23).
  • These organisations run 62 community owned renewable projects, which have generated 17,431 MWh of clean green energy, saving 6,080 tonnes of CO2 emissions and helping 2,717 homes to save on energy bills and increase their energy efficiency.
  • The 12.3 MW of capacity installed by community energy groups represents 1.3 per cent of the total renewable electricity installed in Devon.
  • Community energy organisations in Devon have raised £14.1 million of investment, enabling them to create 33 FTE jobs.

This report shows how Devon is taking a leading role in the UK’s community energy revolution, and demonstrates the environmental, economic and social benefits that community energy projects are delivering locally.


South West Devon

This baseline study and evidence base has been completed by the Centre for Energy & the Environment, University of Exeter.

The study provides a detailed analysis of the current position regarding energy use in the region and points to the areas where progress can best be made in reducing energy consumption and implementing renewable technologies.

Key Findings

  • Broadly, there is an equal split in energy consumption across the non-domestic, domestic and transport sectors in SW Devon.
  • The use of non-gas fuels in the homes is higher throughout SW Devon than nationally.
  • £0.4 billion is spent on energy in SW Devon – equivalent to about a fifth of the economic output of the area or about 15,000 full time jobs.
  • £2,600 per person per year is spent on energy in SW Devon.
  • Over half of the energy spend is on road transport.
  • There is plenty of potential to both reduce energy demand, and to generate more sustainable supplies of energy within the area.


Document Downloads

Strategic Energy Study Evidence Base - Executive Summary

Executive Summary

Strategic Energy Study - Evidence Base Main Report

Main Report

Strategic Energy Study Technical Appendix

Technical Appendix













North Devon Biosphere Reserve

The study takes a detailed look at the energy sources and use across the Biosphere Region and sets the direction for activity for conserving energy and reducing energy demand. The study explores the renewable energy options for the area and how we might do our part to meet international obligations.

Key Findings

  • The amount of money spent on energy in the plan area is £300m, equivalent to 15,500 jobs
  • 20% of the energy use is in private cars which accounts for 30% of expenditure
  • 9% of households are in fuel poverty, most of which are in areas with no mains gas
  • 31% of the energy use is on domestic heating
  • 35% of homes use oil or electricity as the primary heating fuel
  • 50% of properties have inadequate loft insulation
  • There is much more resource available for renewable energy than is currently deployed