Dear Mr Veck
Thank you for your email of 6 November, which has been passed to me by Cllr Kendal for a response.
I can assure you that the County Council does take the issues of energy and climate change seriously. It has recently agreed a Energy Strategy which provides an appropriate local response to addressing these issues and provides a framework for a programme of projects appropriate for the Hampshire context.
There are a range of views on the costs and impacts of renewable generation, including onshore wind power and the Council has to balance those issues with its responsibilities as a land owner and other priorities. In reaching that balance, the Council must also consider the relative efficiency and impact of the current available renewable technologies.
With regards to your own energy costs, the County Council has been proactively responding to the challenges of energy costs, security and climate change for some time.
One focus is the theme of community energy reduction. The County Council is a lead partner in the Insulate Hampshire project, with a forecast 17,000 insulation measures installed in Hampshire residences by the end of March 2013. We are currently looking at how this work can be supplemented by other community measures such as collective switching which are considered more appropriate in Hampshire at the present time.
Assistant Director Waste, Planning and Environment