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06
JUN

Vince Adams says:
Letsgetenergized is making its return to champion Renewable Energy


Category: Climate Change, Community Energy, Dorset Energized News, Electric Transport, Energy Events in Dorset, Energy News for UK, Sustainable Energy Stories, Sustainable Farming & Food, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized, Water Power, Wildlife & Nature, Wind Power
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This prototype Electric Tram is being tested in China, it runs on white painted lines in the road. Its highly advanced batteries give it amazing serviceability and it carries over 300 people.

Everyday I’m sent examples of new ways of developing electric transport capabilities. From cars to aeroplanes the future is electric and combined with the enormous development of renewable energy we are entering a new fossil fuel free era.

We can dramatically reduce pollution which effects everyone of us going about our daily routine.

We can begin to reverse the worst forecasts of climate change and together make our Planet once again safe for the generations to come.

Join us in spreading the word that the UK should be taking a lead in developing renewable energy and of course majoring on moving from petrol/diesel powered transport to electric or eventually even hydrogen.

None of our political parties are focussing on renewable energy or climate change the most important issues of our times. Hold your potential MP’s locally to account and make commitments of support on both subjects.

Our commitment is clear, to the Planet, to landscape, to people and of course to the Natural World.

Tell us your own stories about installing solar, buying an electric car anything that will give confidence to other people thinking of making changes.

Forward our website details to all your friends, relatives and colleagues. Lets shout about this new energy and really get the show on the road here in the UK.https---blueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com-uploads-card-image-499014-01beaa53-bfe5-4474-adef-a6a4a3fc0533



11
DEC

Vince Adams says:
The final hurdle please help and support Mapperton Farm Solar Project


Category: Community Energy, Solar Energy, Solar Energy, Uncategorized
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I received the following report from Good Energy this weekend and it appears that the final planning decisions will be made concerning Mapperton Farm’s Solar project in the near future.

Its been a long haul but with a final push this project is going to happen.

So if you feel strongly about the need for more renewable energy projects please show your support as per the details below.

Thankyou

vince adams

Dear Vince,

As someone who kindly helped rally local support for the project in the past, I am writing to ask for your help one more time in securing planning permission for our proposed solar farm at Mapperton near Sturminster Marshall.

Good Energy’s planning application for a proposed 24.2MW solar project at Mapperton Farm is being reconsidered by the local authority after a previous approval was overturned following a legal challenge.

Councillors on East Dorset District Council’s planning committee are due to consider this proposal for a second time at a meeting on 17th January 2017. The application is unchanged from that approved in June 2015 but, in reaching their decision, councillors will take into account any new submissions from members of the public. So we’re asking everyone who backed the previous application to confirm their support by writing to the planning officer one more time.

Please feel free simply to repeat the comments you made on the previous application. If you don’t have these to hand, some key facts about the project are shown at the bottom of this email.

The easiest way to show support is by letter or email directly to the local planning officer, James Brightman, using the details below. Please make sure you quote planning application number 3/13/0681/FUL and submit your comment by the deadline of 19th December 2016.

Email: JBrightman@christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk

Postal address:
FAO James Brightman
Planning Applications (East Dorset)
Council Offices
Furzehill
Wimborne
BH21 4HN

Key points to consider in your submission:
· Once built at the proposed capacity of 24.2MW, the solar farm would generate renewable electricity energy to power around 6,000 average homes, equivalent to around 70% of the new homes planned for Christchurch and East Dorset over the Local Plan period;

· The solar farm would deliver investment in local community initiatives worth at least £35,000 per year for the lifetime of the project, together with funding for rooftop solar PV systems for a local primary school and village hall;

· The solar farm would protect the land for current and future agricultural use, providing opportunities for sheep grazing along the avenues of solar panels, a practice endorsed by the National Farmers’ Union;

· The proposals include wildlife habitat enhancements such as wildflower meadows throughout the site, hedgerow improvements, planting around field margins and installation of birds and bat boxes in a nearby woodland.

· When last considered by the planning committee in June 2015, the application attracted considerable public support, with over 80 letters being submitted from the local community and the wider Dorset area in favour of the project.

If you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

With best wishes and many thanks for your continued support

James
Good Energy



21
JUN

Vince Adams says:
Have Carnival Fun and also help to save carbon emissions


Category: Community Energy, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized
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PRESS RELEASE

Count On Me – Community Campaign at Winton Carnival

Everyone is welcome to help us collectively save 50,000 kgs of our personal carbon emissions by the weekend of 25th June 2016 for the Winton Carnival Parade and ongoing. This is like filling the Bournemouth Balloon five times over!

It would be great if Bournemouth could lead the behavioural shift needed in dealing with our changing climate. Cleaner vehicles and renewable energy, in addition to our conscious personal choices will help preserve our beautiful town, country and world!

Count On Me is a local community campaign and more details can be found on our website www.countonme.today (with Twitter and Facebook links). We are inviting the people of Bournemouth to choose one or more sustainable activities like riding a bike, taking public transport, or growing your own fruit and vegetables.  Any activity where you reduce your carbon emissions is helpful.  Please tell us about it #CountOnMe to be counted!

We will be having some fun and parading in Winton Carnival with our live human counter, and you can come and chat to us after the parade on the Winton Recreation ground and find out about the simple ways we can all make a difference.

More info at www.countonme.today Email countonmebmth@gmail.com

Or please contact Angela Fendley 07719 093530



20
JUN

Vince Adams says:
Latest news on community renewable energy share offer


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Our latest community share and bond offers are now open for investment. We are offering you the chance to invest in shares in BWCE and/or a two year fixed interest bond.

You can download the Bond Offer Document here and the Share Offer Document here. You will be downloading large files so they may take a little time.

We will be holding a series of launch events for this offer – follow the link for more details.

The next events:

There are very limited places available for a chance to meet Directors of the project informally in Bath: Informal meeting (14 June) and Informal meeting (20 June). Both dates start at 7:30.

BOND – The bond is for 2 years with a fixed interest rate of 5.5% a year for members of BWCE and South Somerset Community Energy Society (5% for non-members).

SHARES – We are also offering you the chance to become a member of BWCE by buying shares. The target rate of return on investment in BWCE is 7%. We have paid our our members a 7% a year for the last 4 years.

The money raised will go towards allowing us to take into community ownership a solar array sited a few miles from Crewkerne in Somerset. The array will be capable of generating 5MW of clean energy. The total projected cost of purchasing the Crewkerne solar array will be £5.96 million. The bond and share offer combined will be for £2.63 million with the balance coming from a loan from a commercial lender for £3.33 million.

Advantages to early investors

As the project is fully underwritten we will issue shares and bonds to investors whose applications we have received by 7 June 2016. You start earning interest from the date shares or bonds are issued, within a week of this date. This will give early investors the chance to start earning interest earlier. For information on early investment please see full details in the Offer Document. The full offer will finally close on 12 July 2016 and interest will accrue for all those investing between 7 June and 12 July within a week of the final close date.

And here are 9 good reasons to invest in next offer

How your interest is calculated for the Bond offer

Interest is calculated from the date your bond is issued. There will be 2 issue dates, one for applications received before 7 June, the other at the end of the offer on 12 July. The bond is a 2 year investment with the 5.0/5.5 % interest a year with interest paid annually for 2 years and the capital, or amount invested, repaid at the end of the second year. If you decide to redeem your bond after 2 years you will be repaid your capital and interest earned during the period. You may also have the option to renew your bond for a further period.

How to apply

Before you apply it is important you have read and understood the Offer Document which can be downloaded from this page above. Then, should you decide to continue, go to the Ethex website and apply electronically or complete a paper application which can be found at the end of the Offer Document.

Risk Warning

Investment decisions must only be made on the basis of the offer document and not on information provided in this summary. Your original investment capital may be at risk and any return on your investment depends on the success of BWCE’s business as a whole. You should read the offer document in full, including the risk factors set out in the offer document, and the terms and conditions regarding this offer at Ethex before investing. You should consider taking appropriate financial and other advice before making any investment decision.

South Somerset Community Energy Society

BWCE is working with South Somerset Community Energy Society to help promote the share and bond offers and develop the opportunity for them to buy into the project after year 2. Shareholder members of South Somerset Community Energy Society will also receive the 0.5% bonus.

See the offer documents for more details.

 

http://www.bwce.coop

Click here to see BWCE’s Annual Reports and past Business Plans.



18
DEC

Vince Adams says:
Update and response from Regen on Fit’s cuts


Category: Climate Change, Community Energy, Energy News for UK, Solar Energy
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Regen SW statement regarding Feed in Tariff cuts

Dear Vince

Commenting on the cuts on the support for renewable energy today, Regen SW chief executive Merlin Hyman said:

“The Government has pulled back from the worst of its proposals to cut support for renewable energy following a strong reaction from communities and businesses.

However, the strict caps to support for renewables are in painful contrast to the ambitions set out in Paris at the weekend.

The Paris agreements have fired the starting gun on the global race to clean energy and made the shift to a radically different decentralised energy system unstoppable.  The UK clean energy sector is determined to play a leading role in that shift despite the UK Governments attempts to prop up fossil fuel and nuclear power.”

Summary of key points from Feed in Tariff (FIT) announcements:

  • The FIT budget has been confirmed as up to £100m from 15 January 2016 up to the end of 2018/19
  • The Government response sets out measures to pause new applications to the FIT scheme from 15 January to 8 February to allow time for the implementation of cost control measures through the parliamentary process
  • Quarterly deployment caps will be introduced from 8 February 2016, including a queuing system for applicants who miss out on quarterly caps
  • A two stage re-cycling mechanism for underspent budget within the FIT scheme will be introduced
  • Tariff levels for <50kW solar PV and >50kW to 1.5MW onshore wind have received a small uplift compared to that proposed in the consultation. Other technologies and bandings have received tariff levels as set out in the consultation with the exception of standalone solar PV and hydro, which have received further reductions
  • Pre-accreditation of projects will been re-introduced from 8 February 2016
  • Generation tariff’s for extensions will be removed for all installations which commission on or after 15 January 2016
  • Government does not propose to introduce changes to the FIT scheme in relation to export tariffs, tariff indexation, competition, smart meters and grid management.
  • A separate consultation is expected for anaerobic digestion tariff levels and sustainability criteria early in 2016
  • The banding review consultation for solar PV projects of 5MW and below within the Renewables Obligation has been published today.  Details can be found here

The full Government response to the Feed in Tariff review can be found here

Rachel Hayes
Head of membership and events
Regen SW
‘Delivering sustainable energy’


18
DEC

Vince Adams says:
Government tries to kill off renewable energy projects….


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Community Energy England spell out the crisis facing Community Renewable Energy Projects in future and details of Decc’s response.

Less than a week after the historic climate agreement was agreed in Paris, DECC has today published its response to the Feed-in Tariff consultation, the content of which highlights again the UK government’s lack of commitment to the green economy. The results of the Feed in Tariff consultation provide little support or encouragement for communities attempting to install rooftop solar on community buildings including schools and community scale hydro schemes.

The re-introduction of pre-accreditation for rooftop solar schemes over 50kW is welcome but overall we are very disappointed by the outcome of this consultation. Initial feedback from our members indicates that at the rates proposed for most schemes over 10kW are currently not viable for community schemes which are accustomed to offering additional benefits such as reduced price electricity to schools and creating local funds for alleviation of fuel poverty. We are also very concerned that operation of the caps will have a disproportionate impact on the community solar sector which has very limited resources to develop projects compared to the commercial solar sector.

Our press release on DECC’s response which includes comments from Sharenergy and the Low Carbon Hub is available here. Please share with your contacts and local MPs.
A summary of DECC’s response is available below.

Community Energy England will be working hard with the support of its members to develop business models to enable to the community energy sector to adapt and grow. In order to do this more effectively we will be recruiting additional staff in the new year (more details to follow). I would also like to welcome Alex Germanis, from Pure Leapfrog, as a new board member and Chris Rowland, from Community Energy South, as a board advisor. At our AGM, Alex and Chris put themselves forward as Directors and only very narrowly missed out being voted in. The board agreed that due to their wealth of knowledge and expertise they would be very valuable additions to CEE and so were asked to become involved in board activities.

Finally, I would like to thank Gemma Cater, who has been interning with us over the last 3 months and whose last day it is tomorrow. Gemma has been a huge help in leading on our social media and gathering intelligence from our members and a range of MPs.

Emma Bridge

Chief Executive
Community Energy England

Summary of DECC’s FiT consultation response

DECC has released its response to the consultation on a review of the Feed-in Tariff.

Key decisions include:
· The budget for FITs to April 2019 is up to £100m of new spend from January 2016

· There is no separate tariff for community energy but this is to be kept under review

· New tariffs will come into force on 8 February 2016 (table of new tariffs below)

· Under new tariffs, Government is targeting a 4.8% rate of return for solar, 5.9% for wind, and 9.2% for hydro

· The export tariff has been maintained at 4.85p/kWh

· DECC has sustained the link with Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation link for export and generation tariffs (rather than Consumer Price Index as proposed)

· A quarterly deployment cap system will be introduced, with a queuing system for applicants who miss out on a quarterly cap. Some of the deployment caps are very low i.e. only an estimated 70 rooftops over 50kW per quarter will be allowed in 2016

· Only one degression threshold will be implemented at the level of each quarterly cap. The new rate will be a flat 10% if the cap is hit

· The first cap period will run from 8 February to 31 March 2016

· Pre-accreditation will be re-introduced for solar and wind over 50kW and all AD and hydro projects with an additional 6 months for community energy projects from 8 February

· Pre-registration will not be re-introduced at this stage. It may be re-introduced if an implementable system can be devised which delivers cost control and reduces gaming. DECC will issue an update early next year

· FiT will be removed on extensions for all installations commissioned on or after 15 January

Table of new tariffs:

Tariffs (p/kWh)
Installed capacity
New tariffs

PV
1000kW
0.87
Stand alone
0.87

Wind
1500kW
0.86
Hydro
2000kW
4.43

A pause to the FiTs scheme will be implemented from 15 January 2016 to 8 February 2016 when the new tariff and deployment caps will be put in place. During the pause, no new installations will be accredited for FITs except for those with pre-accreditation granted before 1 October 2015 who are applying for accreditation within the period of validity of the pre accreditation. Installations which commission and apply for FITs during the pause will be in the queue when the new deployment caps and tariffs come into force on 8 February 2016.

DECC will launch a separate consultation in early 2016 to consider tariffs and degression for anaerobic digestion (AD) and micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) technologies. DECC also intends to revisit the topic of sustainability criteria for AD plant, setting out more detailed proposals than those outlined in this consultation.

Consultation on the levels of banded support for new solar PV under the Renewables Obligation

Also published today, this consultation sets out the Government’s proposals for reduced support under the Renewables Obligation for solar PV up to 5MW, to apply from 1 June 2016. The proposals will affect solar PV generating stations with an accreditation date from 23 July 2015 onwards (and additional capacity added to existing accredited stations that does not take it above 5MW in total installed capacity), unless they are eligible for the specified grandfathering exception, the significant financial commitment grace period or the banding reduction exception.

The consultation also sets out the proposed eligibility criteria for the banding reduction exception that was announced in the December 2015 Government response to the consultation on changes to financial support for solar PV. This exception will apply to projects which can demonstrate that a significant financial commitment had been made on or before 22 July 2015. It will give those projects protection against the reduction in support proposed under the banding review.

Deadline for comments to DECC is 27 January. Full details at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-the-level-of-banded-support-for-new-solar-pv-under-the-renewables-obligation

Update on pre-action letter to Treasury

In our last newsletter we informed members that CEE had served on HM Treasury a ‘Letter before Action’ in accordance with the Pre-Action Protocol for Judicial Review challenging the implementation of proposed changes to the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) for community energy enterprises.

We have received a response from the government lawyers, but they omitted to include the relevant evidence. This is due before the end of the week, so we will provide an update after that.

Community share offers

An amazing £12.8m was raised in November for community energy schemes across the country in the run up to the deadline for EIS. This really demonstrates the public support that there is for community energy. I know a lot of work and very long hours went into this success so congratulations to all those involved.

Membership

Welcome to our newest member:
· Joju solar – one of the longest-standing MCS-accredited solar installers in the country. They have carried out hundreds of solar installations for home owners, businesses, public authorities and community organisations.

Other News

EBR action: write to National Infrastructure Commission
The Chancellor announced at the Conservative Party Conference the creation of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), led by Lord Adonis. The aim of the Commission is to make independent judgements about the future infrastructure needs of the UK and advise the Government accordingly. The creation of this Commission is an important opportunity for us to finally get home energy efficiency recognised as a huge infrastructure opportunity for the UK.

The NIC is conducting a consultation to investigate three initial infrastructure areas, transport in the north of England, transport in London and balancing electricity supply and demand. Home energy efficiency does not fit neatly into the consultation questions although it is important for this consultation to recognise that if most, or even a sizeable proportion of our future heat is delivered by electricity (as expected), then this could have enormous implications for electricity supply. To mitigate this risk means making all UK homes energy efficient.

The Energy Bill Revolution is encouraging as many people as possible to write to the NIC before their consultation closes on 8th January, calling for home energy efficiency to be made an infrastructure priority and asking them to conduct a full consultation as soon as possible to investigate this huge infrastructure opportunity.

More details about the Energy Bill Revolution at: http://www.energybillrevolution.org/
National Infrastructure Commission consultation at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/infrastructure-commission-invites-submissions-on-critical-infrastructure-challenges

Ofgem: Update to Sustainable Development Indicators
Ofgem’s Sustainable Development Indicators (SDIs) assess the sustainability of the gas and electricity markets in Great Britain, and are structured along three core themes: 1) environmental impact; 2) social outcomes, bills and quality of service; and 3) reliability and safety.
The updated indicators include:
· Electricity intensity

· Power station emissions: nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide

· Proportion of total domestic customer accounts in debt by fuel type

· Energy spend as a percentage of total household expenditure

· Large suppliers: Complaints received per 100,000 customer accounts as a weighted average.

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What do you think, tell your local MP what you would like to see happen, we can all make a difference !



13
NOV

Vince Adams says:
Community Energy can it survive ??


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BROKEN PROMISES
HOW THE GOVERNMENT BROKE ITS WORD TO THE COMMUNITY ENERGY MOVEMENT
In Spring 2015, after a campaign which had clearly demonstrated the many social and environmental benefits that community energy brings to local communities, the Government (i.e. the Treasury) gave repeated written assurances as part of the final stages of the Finance Act that it would give the community energy sector 6 months notice of the removal of Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) tax relief, which is vital to the success of many community energy projects.
Since the spring of 2015 the community energy sector has been developing their business plans in the belief that the Government would honour this promise to give a minimum of 6 months notice of any significant tax changes. Community groups across the country, many of them run by volunteers, have been making plans to launch share offers and raise the funds for dozens of clean, renewable community energy projects in reliance on these assurances.
Government statements in March 2016 included:-
 The Budget Statement of March 2015:-
“2.77 Venture capital schemes: renewable energy – As announced at Autumn Statement 2014, companies benefiting substantially from subsidies for the generation of renewable energy will be excluded from also benefiting from EIS, SEIS and VCTs with effect from 6 April 2015, with the exception of community energy generation undertaken by qualifying organisations which will in future become eligible for the Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR). The government will allow a transition period of 6 months following state aid clearance for the expansion of SITR before eligibility for EIS, SEIS and VCT is withdrawn. (Finance Bill 2015) (y)” (paragraph 2.77)
 To coincide with the Budget Statement the Treasury published a background document1 with more details of the changes which confirmed that
“Budget 2015 announced the transitional provisions for community energy organisations moving from the tax-advantaged venture capital schemes to SITR. Provisions to exclude all community energy organisations from EIS, SEIS and VCT will take effect 6 months after the confirmation of state aid approval for the expansion of SITR. Qualifying community energy organisations will be able to use SITR from that date. Co-operatives and other non-qualifying organisations that benefit substantially from subsidies for the generation of renewable energy will no longer be eligible for tax-advantaged investment under the schemes once the transition period has elapsed.”
1 Overview of Tax Legislation and Rates HM Treasury and HM Customs and Excise March 2015 e
 Leading members of the CE sector also received email assurances from a Treasury Official 2 on 18 March stating that
“To provide a smooth transition from the venture capital schemes to SITR, the Government announced in Budget 2015 that all community energy organisations will continue to qualify for the venture capital schemes for 6 months following EU state aid clearance of a larger SITR scheme. This provides a reasonable period for adjustment and more certainty to affected groups.”
 A statement to the same effect that there would be 6 months notice was also made by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury in response to a written parliamentary question submitted by Roger Godsiff MP in March 20153.
The Government also announced during the same debate that community energy organisations will not be eligible for Social Investment Tax Relief when state aid approval is received. This represents a second broken promise. No proper explanation has been given for this abrupt change of policy.
The changes have come as a seismic shock to community groups, large and small, up and down the UK. They are causing particular turmoil with existing community share offers which were open and due to run beyond 29 November. The Government seems to have completely disregarded the fact that many community energy projects are social enterprises and just like any other business they need financial and regulatory certainty and stability. This U-turn by the Government has already caused the failure of a number of share offers and projects5. Many community groups are now launching share offers at short notice in an attempt to complete excellent projects which will not only contribute to reductions in carbon emissions but also generate generous community benefits.
CEE also believes that these tax relief changes will have a potentially devastating impact on the pipeline of projects due to be launched in the next six months. Tens of thousands of pounds has already been spent at the development stage of these projects on items such as feasibility studies, planning, structural surveys, legal fees and EPC certificates. Projects affected include a large number to install rooftop solar on schools and other community buildings which are the type of installations which once upon a time the Government actively supported6. Financial margins are tight and without the benefit of tax relief the organisers of many projects are feeling very apprehensive and think they will struggle to raise the capital required.
Community Energy England November 2015

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08
SEP

Vince Adams says:
What is the M and S Energy Fund


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  • Here at M&S Energy, we want to enable more communities in Great Britain to generate renewable energy and become environmentally and financially sustainable when compared to not having such renewable energy technology installed.

So we’ve launched The Community Energy Fund to help you do just that. 

It’s part of the M&S ethical and ecological programme, Plan A, which sees us aim to source responsibly, reduce waste and help communities. 

If you’ve got a project that wants to use renewable energy, produced locally, to provide community benefits, this is your chance to try to secure funding. Community energy groups come in all shapes and sizes, so whether you’re a sports club, a neighbourhood or simply an organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment – we want to hear from you.

Funding available

There are 4 types of funding available to support renewable energy projects across Great Britain3.

    1. A national funding pot for a project that requires a maximum of £40,000
    2. A national funding pot for a project that requires a maximum of £20,000
    3. Regional funding pots for projects that require a maximum of £12,500
    4. A judges award of £15,000 of funding which will be split between the most inspiring projects
  • How you can get involved
    1. Step 1. To have a chance to win, simply register at www.mandsenergyfund.com and complete the online application for the funding amount you need. You have until 26 July 2015 to enter.
    2. Step 2. If your project has been shortlisted, the competition begins! Organise support from your community to vote for your project. 
    3. Step 3. The most voted for projects per region will secure their funding. We’ll also announce funding for those inspiring projects we felt went the extra mile for their community. We’ll announce the results by the end of October 2015.

If you simply want to support your local community energy group, check back on www.mandsenergyfund.com for campaign information and placing your vote.

For full terms and conditions please visit www.mandsenergyfund.com.



08
SEP

Vince Adams says:
Time to support local community project


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Hi All,

I hope you don’t mind, but I am shamelessly getting in touch with all my contacts! Over the summer I have been running a project to install solar panels at Ludwell Community Primary School, where Karen and I are Governors. Now that the panels are in place, we need to pay for them, so I’m now heading up the fundraising effort, part of which is to try and obtain grant funding from various organisations, one of which is the M&S Energy Fund. We’ve been shortlisted, so
what we now need is lots of votes for our project on their website. I would really appreciate it if you could vote for the Ludwell School solar panels project!
Please go to the link below, enter your email address and create a password. You will then get an email from M&S Energy – click on the link, click the link to login, login with your email address and password and finally click on the vote for project link! Then, if you want to, please spread the word, share on social media, and ask as many friends, family, etc. to do the same. The more votes we get, the better chance of getting the grant. Please don’t delay! The deadline is 30th September!
Just a quick update on our progress in the competition – we are currently lying in 4th place in the South West Region and have 137 votes. The leaders, who are a very large outfit in Exeter who have already received a grant of £320,000 from the Arts Council, have 264 votes. As we are only a small village primary school with 70 pupils, we need all the votes we can get! I feel this is very much a David and Goliath struggle – but I seem to remember that David won in the end, so I am hoping with your help we can too :-)
PS You can vote more than once with different email addresses from different devices J
https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/project/28483/
Any problems with voting please contact me: richardecclestone@btinternet.com or 01747 829261 or 07713 686368
Many thanks!
Richard

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26
AUG

Vince Adams says:
Spread the word, community energy is Hot !!


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Would your organisation benefit from installing renewable energy ? 3 steps that could make it possible.

Step One, find a suitable funding partner

We believe across Dorset and neighbouring Counties there are numerous sites suitable for installation of wood heat boilers, photovoltaics or other renewables were the site owner would like an installation but can’t afford it or doesn’t have the capacity to arrange. Many of these can loosely be described as community sites. Village Halls, schools, British Legions, scout huts, churches etc.

So we set up a Community Energy Society to help. We registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as Energize Stur Valley Industrial and Provident Society Ltd. We can plan, project manage and raise a local share issue to fund projects. The project host gets reduced energy costs and the investors get more than 5% interest and their original investment returned over 20 years with a 30% tax rebate in the first year on their investment.

The IPS is not for profit but because we believe passionately that renewable energy should be installed to replace fossil fuels wherever possible and benefit the community.

Step Two

With the help of a local installer we discuss and outline the potential project and together cost and create a potential revenue stream.

Step 3

This then allows us to create a share offer that offers a fair rate of return over 20 years, money back on the initial investment, tax incentives for the shareholders. Substancial energy cost saving for the project host and in some cases even a share of the revenue stream.

Let us have your comments even requests on how to get started:
stur.transitiontown1@gmail.com



17
JUL

Vince Adams says:
Ovo the name for change


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There is much talk about Community Energy and the opportunities that will open up this way of bringing local communities together with energy creation.

The results can be startling, as an example Balcombe in Sussex. This quiet sleepy village became a conflict zone when locals and activists decided to fight test drills being made for Fracking. No one nationally really wants anything to do with fracking but Balcombe stood firm.

After days of blockade, arrests of good people and true the drillers finally went away and guess what, out of the battle came a new energy, Community Energy.

The local people formed into a group to develop their own energy schemes and almost overnight had their first project, fully funded, installed and creating clean energy and reasonable returns for the investors.

Its this sort of lead that will ultimately inspite people everywhere to create their own schemes. I Chair ESVIPS.com and we have installed our first solar project at Springhead Trust, Fontmell Magna and hope to have others up and running later this year.

Getting a fair price for the energy being created is important and I wanted to share a link with you to Ovo an innovative renewable energy supplier.

Its: http://www.ovoenergy.com/energy-plans/communities/

Ovo are the first Company to offer to offer the local people near a project the chance to but their own local energy at really advantageous prices far below the market norms.

The result will be that community energy can use a majority of its generation to the advantage of the local people bringing down their overall energy costs and giving them a real stake in whats happening in their own locality.

Go to the site and see what you think.



13
JUL

Keith Wheaton-Green says:
Wind Turbines in Dorset? Planning Committee says NO


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Wind Turbines in Dorset? Planning Committee says NO

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I recently attended a wind turbine planning determination in a crowded village hall when the planning committee (well 6 of the 11 members attended) decided the fate of an application for 4 large wind turbines. We all listened to officers of the council and AONB explain the landscape and heritage sensitivities (the turbines would be seen in the setting of listed buildings and the beautiful Dorset landscape) followed by numerous speakers against and for the application.

Those opposed to the application made the point that our landscape must be preserved, that the turbines would be seen from village houses and gardens and even that wind turbines damage people’s health. The CPRE claimed that renewable energy targets in Dorset had been exceeded so no new installations were needed. Each speaker received rapturous applause.

I have witnessed a few campaigns to oppose wind turbine applications in Somerset and Dorset. There is usually assistance from outside organisations. Meetings, leaflets and doorstep petitions are arranged. The purpose – of course – is to raise anxiety levels. Misinformation is spread such as; bird and bat populations are put at risk; infra sound prevents people sleeping and gives them headaches; house prices will fall and tourists will stay away. Wind turbines are inefficient and generate hardly anything. Sometimes photographs that exaggerate the scale are published.

In reality, the choice to approve or not – as the officers and members present acknowledged –is justified on the basis of a subjective view of landscape and visual aesthetics.

About seven of us spoke up in favour of the application. It was explained that climate change is an issue that needs to be dealt with so urgently we need to move to 100% of our electricity from renewables ASAP, that wind turbines are the cheapest technology but that there are very sites suitable for their installation in Dorset.

When I spoke, looking out onto the big audience of grey haired baby boomers while younger people were at work, I realised just where the divide in opinion lay. The majority of the audience – many retired to timeless Hardy’s Dorset – would not sacrifice their views from around the village to give the younger generation a better future. Yet just think what the generation before the baby boomers sacrificed in the 30s, 40s and 50s!

Anyone wanting to live in Hardy’s Dorset should stop using electricity, swap their car for a horse and cart, live in a very small draughty house and campaign to take out pylons and large roads. If we walk backwards into the future, we will suffer because we can’t see where we are going.

I spoke up for farmers. They may be sitting on land and property worth millions with large sums flowing through their business but their disposable income can be modest. They work very long hours as standard and consider themselves guardians of the land (and landscape) which they expect to pass on to their children rather than realize paper wealth.

I was once told by a farmer – only half-jokingly – that I shouldn’t expect him to take my opinions on local matters seriously because my family had not been in Dorset since Saxon times. Despite that comment, farmers are usually quiet, self-effacing, not prone to voicing their opinions and actually can be intimidated.

Wind turbines make sense to farmers because they give resource efficient future financial security. The opposing camp are very ably led by people some of which, have moved into the area to retire. They put high value on the landscape the farming community have created and look after, but look to the past rather than the constant change and planning for the future they may have experienced in their own working lives.

The media are underestimating the connection between peoples voting intentions and their views on climate change. The Green surge is largely due to younger people with a strong sense of injustice against their generation. Baby boomers have had it good with their jetting around the world on holiday, big cars and houses by mortgaging their children’s and grandchildren’s futures (the deficit.) This put the carbon in the atmosphere that puts future generations in jeopardy.



07
JUL

Vince Adams says:
Important event in Glastonbury this Friday


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You are invited to the
launch of a new report from the Resilience Centre:

The power to transform the South West

How to meet the region’s energy needs through renewable energy generation

5.30pm, Friday 10th July 2015

Glastonbury Town Hall, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, Somerset., BA6 9EL

Panel
Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for SW England
Andrew Clarke, Resilience Centre
Sonya Bedford, Head of Renewable Energy, Stephens Scown Solicitors Tom Hathway, South West Young Greens, University of Plymouth Chaired by Jon Cousins Deputy Mayor, Glastonbury Town Council



01
JUL

Vince Adams says:
M&S grants for Community Energy Projects


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We have some great community energy newsenergyshare are partnering with M&S Energy to run their first ever Community Energy Fund, a competition to distribute £400,000 in grants to renewable energy projects that benefit the community.
If you’re a not for profit organisation that wants to use renewable energy to provide community benefits, this is your chance to secure funding! Whether you’re a community energy group, a sports club or simply an organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment, we want to hear from you.There are three types of capital funding available to apply for:

  1.     A national funding pot for a project that require a maximum of £40,000.
  2.     A national funding pot for a project that require a maximum of £20,000.
  3.     Regional funding pots for projects that require a maximum of £12,500.

We also have a minimum funding of £15,000 which will be split between the most inspiring and innovative projects.

Applications close on 29th July 2015 so to take part, simply complete the M&S Energy online application.

It’s easier to take part than you might think, so have a look at some projects from energyfund Cornwall, a similar project we ran last year, and see how easy it is.
We look forward to receiving your application.

Good luck!

 

http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e6e9a90ecb6b91dd5cbe82f4d&id=370cba09f7&e=ca745227ad


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  • Vince Adams comments:
    "What an opportunity for small projects created by local group to get involved, for help, support etc visit espies.com "
    July 1, 2015 a 2:41 pm


28
JUN

Vince Adams says:
David Attenborourgh says “


Category: Climate Change, Community Energy, Energy News for UK, Sustainable Living
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One of my heroes David Attenborough was interviewed this morning on the Andrew Marr Show and asked about his views on climate change.

His response was that if we only replace now fossil fuels with renewables we can turn back climate change.

This is so fundamental and such a small step to take so we urge you to support renewables, get involved and make things happen. Urge your MP’s, local Coucillors and Company Leaders to create serious plans to go renewable.

We know that costs will overtime plummet and our bills let alone the cost to the Planet will come down.

Wherever there are strong local communities get together and creat your own local Community Energy Schemes using the many vehicles that now exist for making this possible.

DA has just come back from meeting with President Obama who he engages with questions on climate change and his attitudes towards it.

The following is a short video trailering tonights programme, try and make the effort to watch two pretty amazing people talking together.

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150625-when-obama-met-attenborough



18
JUN

Vince Adams says:
Dorset Renewable Energy Co


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Dorset Renewable Energy Co

Could we create our own local Power Co with a win for the people, win for the investors and of course a win for the Planet. See what you think ! 

The socio-economic power of wind energy in remote areas

Wind projects with a socio-economic slant need not be charity cases. More examples of wind power projects in emerging markets and remote areas are showing the wider economic benefits of this natural resource from Africa to Chile. We learn which companies…

Companies making tracks in emerging wind power markets, such as Chile, include Acciona. President Michelle Bachelet attended this month’s opening ceremony for Punta Palmeras, a wind farm equipped with 3 MW Acciona Windpower turbines, the machines…

By Katherine Steiner-Dicks

In November of last year, delegates at a South African Wind Energy Association talk heard that wind energy is now set to make a contribution of more than ZAR 7bn to communities and socio-economic development over the next 20 years in South Africa. With five wind farms in full operation, 22 large-scale wind farms currently under construction and another 700 MW expected to be awarded imminently, the total capacity amounts to 2684MW set to be installed. Each of these developments has committed significant financial investment to nearby communities, according to the Association.

“Utility scale wind energy is already boosting economic development in South Africa. Industry and government are committed to ensuring that these benefits are realised by small business and local communities across the country,” explains Dipolelo Elford, Chairperson of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA).

Local benefits factored in

As per the design of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), each utility-scale wind farm invests a percentage of its revenue towards socio-economic development; and in some cases enterprise development in the areas surrounding the farm. Additionally, shares in the wind farm project company are allocated to an entity representing local residents within a 50km radius.

“The revenue percentage and dividends from the shares in the farm will benefit the local economies and residents over the full lifetime of the wind farms: 20 years. The amounts invested will be substantial – more than ZAR 7bn based just on current allocations, with more large scale development expected through to 2030. This figure compares favourably to that of direct investments made into communities in more mature wind energy markets in Europe and the United States,” said the SAWEA.

Direct, indirect and induced employment opportunities are created during all stages of the development, implementation and operations and maintenance of the wind farms, yet only a fraction of direct jobs are accounted for in the REIPPPP.

With the current awarded installed capacity and future IRP2010 allocation, a conservative figure of 77,700 cumulative jobs (person-years) may be created by 2030, 54,400 in the 20 year O&M period. This results in a minimum of 3,600 direct long-term and sustainable jobs, predominantly for semi-skilled and skilled individuals in local communities.

All about connections

Today, more than 1.3 billion people across the globe lack access to affordable and reliable electricity – with dramatic consequences for human health, education, and economic well-being. But more than 50 million of those live in areas with abundant wind resources.

A pioneering project called, Wind for Prosperity, started in 2011, when Vestas’ CMO, Morten Albæk, had the idea to connect two data sets; wind data and areas with the highest level of child mortality.

Two companies that are harnessing their know-how for “wind empowerment” are ABB and Vestas. According to the partnership, many such communities rely on diesel generators to supply what power they have, which is an expensive, polluting and potentially uncertain power source.

The Wind for Prosperity initiative is based on a hybrid wind-diesel electricity generating system made up of ABB microgrid power stabilization solutions and factory-refurbished Vestas wind turbines with advanced diesel power generation capability.

The system combines ABB’s grid modelling, integration engineering and electrical system specification process with Vestas’ leading hybrid wind-diesel turbine technology to create a stable, reliable power source and electrical infrastructure for remote, energy-poor areas not linked to a power grid.

Powering remote places and “new opportunities”

Wind for Prosperity will aim to create a world of “new opportunities” by accelerating access to clean water, healthcare, irrigation, education, communications infrastructure, and other social and economic benefits. It is different to most other corporate initiatives to alleviate poverty. The concept is commercially-based and is more scalable and sustainable than efforts purely reliant on philanthropy and donations.

Designed to increase capacity and reduce the cost and environmental impact of electrical generation in remote places, the initiative is an opportunity for business, government, and financial institutions to join forces and improve lives while generating risk-adjusted returns for private investors, say the partnering companies.

“A typical microgrid power system is made up of many parts, which must be integrated to work together,” says Massimo Danieli, Head of ABB’s Power Generation business, a part of the company’s Power Systems division.

ABB says interest in decentralised or off-grid electricity generation is growing as developing countries grapple with the challenges of delivering electricity to rural and remote locations. However, extending the existing grid is often challenging in terms of transmission extension costs, power quality and limited demand in isolated areas and sparsely populated zones. This has been experienced even in burgeoning wind power markets, such as South Africa.

Fuel-powered microgrids play a key role in bringing electricity to these areas, but are also vulnerable to fuel price increases and the logistical challenge of delivering fuel to remote places. This has given rise to the development of renewable energies as an additional or main source of generation in fuel-powered microgrids.

Kenya focus

The Wind for Prosperity initiative is focusing on rural Kenya to start, where 13 communities – home to more than 200,000 people – have been identified as potential project areas, in coordination with Kenyan government agencies. The scheme is expected to supply electricity at significant lower cost than diesel-only power production.

In addition to Africa, Wind for Prosperity partners are also exploring potential projects in other geographical areas with similar needs. The initiative plans to install hybrid power generation systems reaching at least one million people in the coming years.

For these projects, ABB is providing its PowerStoreTM technology, microgrid controller and other equipment on a site-to-site basis to keep the hybrid wind systems stable and provide grid-quality electrical power, in addition to related electrical infrastructure and localised service solutions.

ABB’s microgrid technology is designed to manage renewable energy generation in isolated grids and ensure utility-grade power quality and grid stability, as well as very high levels of wind and solar power penetration, helping to reduce both emissions and dependency on fossil fuel. ABB has more than 80 microgrid project references worldwide, including consulting, key products in microgrid systems, and relentless project execution.

Vestas is supplying factory refurbished Vestas wind turbines, wind simulation studies for site selection and site designs, and EPC services for wind turbines, including foundations, power cables and transformers, as well as localised wind turbine service solutions.

Reactivating the other America

Another region with vast potential for wind power and remote area grid access is Latin America, notably Chile. In 2014 the country proudly announced the completion of El Arrayan farm, located on a coastal hillside 400km (250 miles) north of the capital city of Santiago. The project, the largest of its kind in the region, was built at a cost of $300m (£180m), according to news reports, and includes 50 turbines with an installed capacity of 115MW.

Some 70% of the energy the farm generates will be used to power a large copper mine, Los Pelambres, in the Chilean Andes. The rest will be sold on the open market, said a BBC report.

But despite its size, it represents less than 1% of Chile’s total electricity generating capacity.
Jointly owned by US company Pattern Energy and Chilean mining giant Antofagasta Minerals, El Arrayan will provide Los Pelambres with 20% of its energy needs.

Chile President Michelle Bachelet said as she inaugurated the farm: “I hope this project acts as a powerful stimulus for other companies in the mining sector to start opting for this kind of energy.”

It was reported by FC Business Intelligence in April 2014 that Jorge Rosenblut, President of Endesa Chile, one of the largest utilities in the country, said that there is an urgent need for Chile to “reactivate” the electricity sector.

Rosenblut said in a speech at the Enersis annual convention (Enersis is part of the Endesa Group) that the new government must focus on the development of local sources of energy that are both sustainable and competitive.

Chile is historically known for lacking internal conventional energy resources. This situation has made the country import the fuels needed for electricity generation, and thus making them dependent on their partners’ economy fluctuations. And that is not a sustainable option for any country.

According to Rosenblut, the import of fuels represents between 4% and 5% of the overall imports that arrive in Chile. To overturn this situation he stated the need to invest in local energies that would reduce the energy dependence of the country.

Sign of things to come

Seasoned wind players are putting more of their executives on the ground in South America. Wind Energy Update recently reported that José Antonio Miranda has been appointed as Gamesa’s chief executive officer for the entire Latin American region. He has been chosen for this role after leading Gamesa China for four years.

Miranda, who joined Gamesa in 2007 as managing director of the Electric Components Division, was appointed in 2011 CEO of China, a region that has become a key global production and supply hub of Gamesa. The company is present in China in its capacity as OEM and wind farm developer where it won orders for the supply of 450 MW in 2014.

Other companies making tracks in the country include Acciona. President Michelle Bachelet attended this month’s opening ceremony for Punta Palmeras, a wind farm equipped with 3 MW Acciona Windpower turbines, the machines with the widest power range installed in Chile.

The farm is the first of its kind that Acciona has installed in the country. This will be followed by the construction of wind and photovoltaic plants in Chile up to an overall capacity of 255 MW, with an estimated investment of EUR400m.

In his speech, Acciona President José Manuel Entrecanales highlighted the attractiveness of Chile for international investors.

“You have a stable economy with infrastructure needs, talented businesspeople and human resources, political and social stability, enormous quantities of natural resources, and above all, a long and solid tradition of legal certainty and stability. This set of values is not easy to find, and I would even go as far as to say that your ability to attract international investment is practically unlimited.”

The Punta Palmeras wind farm, located in the municipality of Canela (Coquimbo region) has a capacity of 45MW. It consists of fifteen 3-megwatt AW 116/3000 turbines of Acciona Windpower technology, with the biggest power range of any turbine in service in Chile. The 116-meter-diameter rotors and the nacelles are mounted on 92-meter-high steel towers.

The electric power produced by the wind farm – around 124 GWh per year – will be sold to Colbún in the Central Interconnected System (SIC) of Chile under a 12-year contract. The contract has the potential to be extended if the customer wishes.

President Bachelet said, “It is already a fact, not a promise: Chile is taking firm steps towards diversifying its energy matrix” and pointed out that the investment made by Acciona confirms that “the energy sector is a very important source of dynamism for our economy, and we should take advantage of it”.

The President added that, through the Energy Agenda set up by her government, “we have emerged from the state of slumber from which investments in energy suffered, and we have been able to drive many changes that our economy and society urgently needed in the field of energy.”

This report is from the Wind Energy Update.



12
JUN

Vince Adams says:
Wonderful Balcombe


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The Village that stood up against Fracking is now forging ahead with its own Community Energy Projects. How can we all help its simple talk to your local Community Energy Groups they are nationwide and wanting you support and help on all fronts. We really can make these projects happen with your help its a win for you, its a win for the Local and its a win for the Planet, doesn’t that feel good.



12
JUN

Paul McIntosh says:
Dorset Community Energy share offer launch


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Dorset Community Energy launched the first community investment share offer in Dorset at the Wessex Royale Hotel, Dorchester on Friday 5th June. The offer will be open for 1 month between June 5th and July 4th, and provides local communities with the opportunity to collectively own high-tech PV solar panels. The development of the Dorset Community Energy solar panels scheme has been supported by the Big Lottery Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset programme.

The aim of the share offer is to raise £135,000 to fund 6 solar panel installations on 3 schools and 3 village halls in the Dorchester and Bridport area. The 3 village halls (Martinstown, Osmington and Salway Ash) have recently been installed with solar panels using a short-term bridging loan, while the 3 proposed school installations are scheduled in August. It is hoped that all 6 installations will be fully operational by Autumn 2015.

Local community members are invited to invest in shares, each at a value of £1. The minimum investment is £100 and the maximum £10,000. All shareholders will become members of the Community Benefit Society, which will oversee the 6 installations and ensure their long-term sustainability.

It was noted on Friday that membership makes both environmental and financial sense. The solar panels will produce low-carbon, free-of-charge electricity to each of the 6 buildings, with any surplus going to the national grid. It is estimated the energy created from these panels will displace the equivalent of 42 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year and provide approximately £200,000 of free electricity to the combined 6 sites over a period of 20 years.

Dorset Community Energy has applied for Advanced Assurance for the Government’s ‘Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme’ (SEIS) tax relief, meaning that taxpaying members have potential to claim back 50% of their investment as tax relief. Upon considering interest and capital repayment, the internal rate of return (IRR) is projected to be 6.3% over a 20-year period, and 13.8% with SEIS.

However prospective members should consider membership a long-term investment and are advised to read the Share Offer document available on the website www.dorsetcommunityenergy.org.uk in full and take independent financial advice before making an investment.

Directors Derek Moss and Tom Burnett

Directors Derek Moss and Tom Burnett

 


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  • Vince Adams comments:
    "Hi, I hope you all get behind this offer to create real community energy projects in South and West Dorset. For those of you based in North Dorset and the Stur Valley we have our own community energy team ESVIPS.com come on lets get going and follow the lead of Dorset Community Energy. "
    June 12, 2015 a 8:16 pm


05
JUN

Vince Adams says:
Transition Town and its views on the future


Category: Community Energy, Sustainable Energy Stories, Sustainable Farming & Food, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized
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Transition Town and its views on the future

At Letsgetenergized we believe that we are here to communicate news of  the World of renewable Energy in all of its various guises.

Today we would  like to share with you the latest vision of a renewable future as seen by members of the Transition Town network.

Its a wide ranging look at the future putting sustainability as its central theme and offers a glimpse of what is happening now.

Real people doing real things centred around localism, food, energy, transport and even money that is inspirational.

The BBC news report from Brixton on its  community energy project demonstrates just how any local scheme can change the lives of local people.

Our own local Community Energy Schemes are already set to go. One of our contributors said and I quote “community energy schemes are just like standing on street corners giving out £5 pound notes, its almost so good that people walk on by”

We are here to tell you its true they are a win for you the public, a win for the community and of course a win for the environment.

Spend sometime exploring all that Transition RE is about.

http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-05/8-paradigm-shifts-heart-reconomy



26
MAY

Lets Get Energized says:
News from Regen SW


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News from Regen SW

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Community and localised energy supply can benefit consumers, renewable generators and network operators. However, there are still many commercial and regulatory barriers to selling the energy you generate directly to your local community. In the context of increasing grid constraints, we need to look at how local supply can help overcome this barrier. So where do we go from here?

Sign the 10:10 petition to buy your power direct from local wind, solar and hydro here.

Join us for the Community Energy Markets Conference, 25 June, Bristol.

This conference will address the next steps for community energy markets. We will examine what local supply projects are currently in place, what issues they have faced and how policy or regulation can help solve these problems.

Sessions include:

  • Policy overview and context
  • Examples of local supply models
  • How local supply can overcome grid constraints
Confirmed speakers:
  • Fiona Booth, head of community energy, DECC
  • Jeff Hardy, sustainable energy policy team, OFGEM
  • Sonya Bedford, partner, Stephens Scown
To book for this conference please click here.Regen are offering community energy groups in our network a discount of £75 off the members rate bringing it to £50 + VAT.Full details and booking are available here.  Use the code ‘discount’ when making your booking.


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