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Local Area Energy Planning

Planning for change

A local area energy plan (LAEP) is a spatial plan that identifies the change needed to the local energy system and built environment to achieve net zero, detailing electricity, gas, and heat networks from a place perspective. LAEPs are intended to:

  • reduce risk for investors;
  • ensure the underlying infrastructure is available to support decarbonisation and
  • ensure best value outcomes for communities

The aims of our local area energy planning work are as follows:

  • Broaden understanding of how to decarbonise the West Midlands and build internal support
  • Bring together external stakeholders to collaborate and achieve net zero
  • Inform decision making within local government, including local and transport plans
  • Influence investment by energy networks
  • Identify and prioritise local net zero projects
  • Provide data to develop business case and complete funding bids