Author Archive


Paul McIntosh says:
Free Thermal Image Camera Training Workshop for Domestic Home Energy Surveys in Dorchester 22nd November 2012

Category: Community Energy, Energy Events in Dorset
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

FREE Event: Thermal image camera training workshop 
Date: Thursday 22nd November 2012, 2pm – 4.30pm
Venue: Main Hall, Dorford Centre, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1RR

Booking: The course is FREE but booking is essential.
Places are limited to 25 people on a first -come- first- served basis.

Dorset County Council in partnership with Dorset Community Action is offering a free technical training course on using a thermal imaging camera for heat loss surveys of domestic properties.

The training is aimed at community volunteers who have experience of using a thermal imaging camera and want to learn more about interpreting thermal images. Also community energy groups, Transition Town groups and others who have access to a thermal imaging camera. Dorset Energy Advice Centre can provide free loans of a thermal imaging camera to local community groups.

The workshop will provide practical advice on using a thermal imaging camera for domestic home energy surveys. The training will cover applications for domestic thermal imaging, limitations and problem areas, interpreting thermal images, etc. It will not cover the basics of how to operate a thermal imaging camera. Case studies of domestic thermal image surveys will be presented.

Please see this weblink for further details of registration for the free workshop:


Paul McIntosh says:
Skills for Self Reliance Course in Bridport 29th October – 2nd November 2012

Category: Dorset Energized News, Sustainable Living

Transition Town Bridport are running the following FREE 1 week course on practical skills.

29th October until 2nd November 2012
Skills for Self Reliance
Kingston Maurward Centre, North Mills, Bridport

This is open for any unemployed 16-24 year olds, and will cover the basics of carpentry, plumbing, electrics and metalwork. The course lasts one week, and on the last day Transition Town Bridport are planning to invite local firms in to discuss apprenticeships, along with representatives from a local college.

Anyone who wishes to apply for the course should obtain an application form from the Job Centre in Bridport, or from This initiative is part of TTB’s aims of making Bridport a resilient community ready for the challenges of peak oil and climate change. For more information on TTB visit

Download the Course Flyer >>


Paul McIntosh says:
Draught Busters Workshops in Bridport 27th October & 1st December 2012

Category: Energy Efficiency, Energy Events in Dorset, Fuel Poverty & Security
Tags: , , ,

Transition Town Bridport are running 2 Draught Busters workshops to help people reduce their heating bills.

27th October & 1st December 2012
Draught Busters
Unitarian Church,Victoria Grove, Bridport  

The workshops will be run by Chit Chong and willinclude training on how to stop draughts around leaky windows and doors, and is suitable for anyone who can use a small hammer. Transition Town Bridport will also supply the materials at cost to participants. Typically, the cost will be around £10-£15 for the plastic strips; the workshops are free.

Cutting out draughts makes a huge difference to keeping a house warm and cosy, and saving money from fuel bills, as well as reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
Chit has recently started a business in Bridport providing more extensive insulation, and he will be available to discuss other ways of saving energy in the home. His website is at

Anyone who would like to attend a workshop should email admin@transitiontownbridport, telephone Chit Chong at 01297 480825 or visit

Download the Draught Busters Poster >>

1Comments | Post your own comment

  • Theresa McManus comments:
    "People often ignore measures like draughtproofing, but they can save as much wasted energy as double glazing – and doesn’t cost anything like as much ! Invest in some sealant today! "
    October 18, 2012 a 2:58 pm


Paul McIntosh says:
Eco Sustainable Solutions Anaerobic Digestion Open Day at Piddlehinton 26th September 2012

Category: Energy Events in Dorset
Tags: , , , , , ,

Eco Sustainable Solutions are having an open day next Wednesday 26th September 2012 at their new site in Piddlehinton, Dorset.

Anaerobic Digestion Open Day
Wednesday 26th September 2012, 2pm – 7pm
Eco AD Facility, Bourne Park, Piddlehinton, Dorchester, DT2 7TU

The site will be open to visitors  to give you an opportunity to see how the site operates. Tours will be available throughout the day and there will be an opportunity to talk to staff over light refreshments.

Please feel free to arrive when convenient, visitors will be coming and going throughout.

If you wish to attend, please contact them on their details below:

Rebecca Jones (Assistant Operations Manager)
Eco Sustainable Solutions ltd
Tel: 01202 593601


Paul McIntosh says:
Big Energy Savings Week 22nd – 27th October 2012

Category: Community Energy, Renewable Energy
Tags: , , , , , ,

Big Energy Savings Week aims to raise awareness with consumers on help that is available regarding energy bills, providing advice on energy efficiency and much more.
This year, Big Energy Saving Week will take place between 22–27 October 2012. The name reflects the collaboration with the Energy Saving Trust, who traditionally hold an event in October called ‘Energy Saving Week’.

Citizens Advice will co-ordinate the week in partnership with a large and diverse range of national organisations, including Government, charities, advice agencies and energy suppliers who are providing an increased level of funding to support the week.

Rural communities are a key target for this week and there are a range of opportunities for RCAN members to participate in promoting BESW – from running an event to promote your oil buying scheme or working in partnership with CAB, Age UK and others to deliver a larger project. RCAN members can attend free training provided by Scottish Power or apply for funding for fieldworkers to take a City and Guilds Energy Awareness course.
An overview of BESW activities are below and full details along with the Local Delivery Fund application form are attached in the email:

* A small grants fund for partners to help with the costs of holding events or providing advice.

* A larger grants fund, Local Delivery Fund, which local partnerships can apply for – to further the work of BESW in the long term (application form available to apply for funding and the closing date is 10 September 2012).

* Free half-day training sessions nationwide for 1,500 fieldworkers and advice workers on switching, energy tariffs, energy efficiency and more. Places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

* Support with promotional and materials for events

For more information and related downloads visit the Sustainable Dorset website:


Paul McIntosh says:
The Myths & Realities of Wind Power – Free Webinar by CSE

Category: Renewable Energy Film/Video, Wind Power
Tags: ,

CSE (Centre for Sustainable Energy) hosted a free webinar on 31 July 2012 which covered the myths and realities about wind power, as covered in their publication ‘Common concerns about wind power’.

Presented by the report’s author and independent science writer, Iain Cox, from his home in Texas, it had CSE’s technical expert Martin Holley on hand to give a UK perspective and was hosted by CSE’s James Watt.

The webinar consisted of a 30 minute talk covering the main issues, followed by a 15 minute Q&A.

Iain and Martin focused particularly on how wind can be an appropriate vehicle for community owned energy projects with the hope that the webinar will give groups further confidence to talk about wind projects in their community. The webinar was recorded and you can now view the whole thing back here:

You can also download the publication ‘Common concerns about wind power’ at:

‘Common concerns about wind power’ is one of CSE’s most popular publications and has been downloaded nearly 10,000 times from their website. It covers issues such as: payback time, costs, efficiency, subsidies, property prices, safety, shadow flicker, noise and ‘bird strike’. Printed copies of this publication are also available free for individuals and community groups.

Why not check out the wind power video CSE made for their PlanLoCaL initiative below on ‘Wind: an introduction – Things to consider before starting a wind project’:

Please let us know what YOU think about wind power and if you are thinking of starting a project by sending your comments below!


Paul McIntosh says:
Successful Appeal for Alaska Wind Farm in Purbeck

Category: Wind Power
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The appeal against the decision of councillors to oppose the proposed Alaska Wind Farm in Purbeck has been allowed by the inspector, thus paving the way for the first such development in the county of Dorset.

Permission has been granted for 4 large wind turbines generating up to 9.2MW of renewable energy which the inspector stated would make a “meaningful contribution to renewable electricity in Dorset as part of a mix of resources”.

He concluded also that the “visual amenity and noise impacts are acceptable in terms of development plan policy, and there are no other matters that add materially to the case against the proposal” and “Having regard to all the matters raised, the environmental and economic benefits of granting planning permission for the development significantly outweigh the limited degree of harm that would occur. The balance weighs in favour of granting planning permission”.

You can download a copy of the Decision Letter from the DA21 website here:

Let us know what you think of the wind turbines coming to Purbeck by leaving your comments below!

1Comments | Post your own comment

  • Len Herbert comments:
    "Personally I think they look beautiful and provided they are not within hearing distance of local residents we should welcome them. Statistics show bird deaths are miniscule. They are cheaper and cleaner when compared to Fossil fuel power stations and the dreaded Nuclear and the more we build the cheaper they become. If we want a healthy future for human kind and continue to increase our power consumption then Renewable energy is the only way. "
    July 9, 2012 a 8:56 pm


Paul McIntosh says:
Just Power: Advice on Solar Panels for Village Halls, Schools, Churches & Community Centres

Category: Community Energy
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Just Power have released news and further advice for communities, on the recent changes to the Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) which reward generators for producing electricity.

There is a straightforward explanation of how the feed in tariffs work on their website on

Recent reductions in the price of solar PV system equipment remains competitive and are still able to provide around 9% return on investment without meaning that quality has to be compromised.

The Government amendment to ‘Permitted Development Rights’ means it’s easier – and a bit cheaper and quicker – to get your solar PV project moving along. From 6th April 2012, a solar PV system being retro-fitted on non-domestic property will no longer require planning permission as long as certain rules and criteria are met.

There are other government changes on the horizon, but being prepared for them means you still have time to plan and fundraise for your community solar project – remember that it will take longer than if you were just organising it for your house!

If you’d like help planning or fundraising for your community solar PV project you can contact Just Power or see their guide to planning your solar PV project.

For more information visit Just Power’s website:

Just Power for Communities CIC is an MCS accredited specialist in Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems for community owned buildings. It operates in Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth, Torbay, Somerset, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Hampshire. As a social enterprise it has an understanding of the importance for communities to create renewable energy, reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency from Village Halls, Schools, Churches, Community Centres, managed workspace or offices.


Paul McIntosh says:
Renewable Solutions Conference in Bristol 12th June 2012

Category: Community Energy, Energy Events in Dorset
Tags: , ,

Regen SW are holding their annual Renewable Solutions Conference on 12th June in Bristol, as part of Bristol’s Big Green Week. The event is run in partnership with Bristol City Council and Burges Salmon.

Investment in renewable energy in the UK is now running at over £2.5 billion a year and growing rapidly, creating huge opportunities for local revenue streams and economic development. With rapid changes in the financing and delivery of renewables, interest is growing in new models and opportunities for delivery partnerships between the public and private sector.

Financing Renewable Solutions is the conference exploring the future of the public and private sector working together to finance and deliver sustainable energy covering:

  • Green Deal
  • Economic development opportunities from renewables
  • New developments, energy and local revenue
  • Localism and funding communities’ energy priorities

Speakers include:

  • Steve Ives, Green Deal demand team, DECC
  • Mareike Schmidt, strategic energy programme manager, Bristol City Council
  • Bob Ledsome, head, climate change and sustainable development division, CLG
  • Michael Barlow, partner, Burges Salmon


Public sector delegates £80 + VAT
Private Sector Delegate £125 +VAT
There are discounts available for Regen SW business and local authority members, please ask for details.

If you are interested in sponsorship or profile raising opportunities at this event, please contact Rachel Hayes, event and membership manager on 01392 494 399 or email


Paul McIntosh says:
Dorset Community Energy Group Meeting

Category: Energy Events in Dorset
Tags: , , , , , ,

The next meeting of Dorset Community Energy Group is to be held on Thursday the 17th May in Dorchester. There is a real hub of action in Dorset around community renewables with many projects such as Bridport Renewable Energy Group, Weymouth Energy Advice Centre and Transition Town Energy Groups taking the message out to their communities. This group is part of the Dorset Energy Partnership – which is responsible for the delivery of the Counties renewable energy energy efficency strategies.

Of real interest to communities is part two of the Govnernments consultation on Feed In Tariffs, which is considering whether there is justification for an uplift in the tariff for community schemes, and trying to define what a community scheme is. According to minutes of the DECC advisory group on Community Energy the Government is likely to need clearance from the EU Commission in relation to State Aid if they were to introduce a differential, but there is a strong case for such a move. This is due to the time it takes to put Community Energy projects in place, the cost to communities of financial and human capital, and the corresponding benefits of ownership, control and income.

Everyone is welcome! If you would like to attend the communty energy group or request minutes of the last meeting, contact DA21 via our website:


Paul McIntosh says:
BBC Say the Public Back Wind Farm Subsidies

Category: Wind Power
Tags: , , , , , ,

I was very encouraged by a story in the BBC yesterday, which shows support not only for subsidies but also for wind energy technologies.

More Britons than not regard subsidies for wind power development as a good deal, according to a survey commissioned by trade body RenewableUK, the Ipsos-Mori poll found that 43% see the UK subsidy as good value for money against 18% who do not.

Check out the full article on:

As with all development, there needs to be site specific work to make sure that wind turbines do not interfere with wildlife.

Aft to contrast with the landing of Canadian Geese in a Tar Sands pool…

Lets Get Energized with Renewable Energy!

Lets Get Energized is your online guide to renewable energy and sustainable living with the latest news, views and tips plus exclusive special offers to help you save energy and money, beat rising energy prices, combat climate change and be more self sufficient – right now, and for your future...




*This competition is now closed but you can still enter for the chance to win future competitions!

No Thanks - Hide This Pop-up