Think tank will help communities reap renewable energy benefits

renewable energy groupStirling Council is to lead an environmental advisory group seeking to help communities benefit from renewable energy projects.

Councillor Evelyn Tweed has been appointed as chairperson of the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Renewable Group. The group’s aims include increasing opportunities to discuss best practice, instigating collaboration on projects, and sharing information on technologies and funding within the renewable energy sector.

The group hopes to build on the success of other renewable projects in the region, which has included a pioneering, renewable energy scheme which generates income for community projects, and the first shared ownership wind development in Scotland.

Councillor Tweed said: “It is an honour to be able to lead this very important area of local authority work. I have a passion for making positive improvements to our environment, and renewable energy projects can make a real and significant difference.

“Current and future generations will be increasingly affected by global carbon levels and its impact on climate change and this group can make a real difference, as well as demonstrate leadership to many others.

“I want to appeal to all members of APSE to put forward their best representatives to the Group so that we can formulate a plan that will achieve success for the future.”

Working on a not-for-profit basis, APSE is dedicated to promoting excellence in the delivery of frontline services to local communities.

Through the extensive APSE network, local authorities and organisations are able to share information and expertise, ask for advice and innovative solutions, and develop new, viable ways forward in an effort to help one another.

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