Cornwall Council has set out plans for a new energy future for Cornwall which, it claims, will see lower energy bills, greener and more affordable homes and transport, and the potential development of a new locally-owned energy company.

The vision for Cornwall’s Energy Future, approved by the Council’s Cabinet last week, identifies ambitious targets for 2030 which are designed to ensure that residents, communities and the local economy all benefit from the low carbon energy transition.

These include:

Reducing fuel poverty to 5% (fuel poverty currently stands at just under 15% in Cornwall)
Meeting 100% of Cornwall’s electricity demand from renewable and low carbon sources
Increasing the proportion of Cornwall’s energy ‘spend’ that is retained within the local economy to 30%
Increasing the proportion of Cornwall’s energy that is owned locally to 50%
Reducing fuel bills by 20%
Creating at least 4,000 new jobs

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Published on Business Cornwall.