Archive for June, 2012


Anna Celeste Watson says:
Dorset Energized at the Lush Fest 7th & 8th July in Poole

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Lushfest 2012 (A fresh handmade festival!)
Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July
Village Hall, Holton Lee, Poole, Dorset 

Lush, one of my favourite ethical companies, and makers of yummy fresh handmade cosmetics (, have a week long festival for their company at Holton Lee in Poole, which culminates in a weekend fest for everyone – staff, families, suppliers – everyone welcome!

The weekend fest will feature wonderful Lush products, the Lush Spa, an amazing line up of music, comedy, talks and discussions, as well as the very best in food and drink. The venue is designed to help people escape from the everyday stresses of life; a space for personal growth through access to the arts and the natural environment. Holton Lee occupies a beautiful and varied natural landscape providing opportunities for space and stillness as well as an engagement with nature.

There will also be a Renewable Energy Stand where some of the Dorset Energized team, and other local green organisations, can answer all your questions on renewable energy – from solar energy, wind power, wood energy to electric transport – and can give you tips on energy efficiency for your home, business or community. There may also be the chance to check out Vince’s Nissan LEAF too!

Check out the fantastic Lush Fest website for more details:


Simon Jonathan Naish Rayson says:
Green grant gives Dorset 2 new electric buses!

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New no. 6 electric bus at South Dorchester train station

Dorset goes electric – on the buses, or at least two to start with! From the 11th June 2012, the number 6 bus service between Dorchester and Poundbury will be operated using two new Optare Electric Buses recently acquired by Dorset Passenger Transport (and funded jointly by Dorset County Council, West Dorset District Council, the Duchy of Cornwall and assisted by a £166,000 grant from the Department for Transport’s Green Bus Fund).

So far there are very few fully electrical buses in operation in the UK, so Dorset could well be only the third county to have such a environmentally friendly bus service. The impetus for the introduction of these electric buses seems in part to have come from Prince Charles and it’s thought that the leather seats on the two buses were requested by the Prince – a touch of extra comfort, for what are by all accounts very comfortable buses already.

It’s early days yet but Dorset County Council and West Dorset District Council have indicated an interest in purchasing more of these buses to serve other routes – a good sign for the future and making logistical sense as the battery charging infrastructure for the first two buses has already been installed.

If you happen to be in Dorchester and want to try out the electric transport revolution – it’s now no harder than buying a bus ticket, or using your bus pass, if you’re fortunate enough to have one, for the Number 6 bus.

More information is on and there is a highly informative article about this exciting and ambitious project in the latest June 2012 issue of AtoB Magazine available here:

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  • Anna Celeste Watson comments:
    "Yay, I just spotted my first electric bus in Poundbury and it looks pretty swanky!!! Hope they’ll be LOTS more to come and soon… "
    August 6, 2012 a 12:51 pm


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

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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.


Theresa McManus says:
Appliances on standby, account for 16% of domestic energy bills!

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Breaking News!!! A new BBC article has reported that UK homes are “getting more hungry for electricity”.

Mark Kinver, Environment reporter for BBC News writes:

“UK homes are consuming much more electricity than previously estimated, a report described as the most detailed of its kind has suggested.

For example, it found that up to 16% of households’ energy bills are spent on devices left on standby.

It is estimated that domestic energy use accounts for more than a quarter of the nation’s CO2 emissions.”

Rosalyn Foreman, energy adviser for the EST says:

“The fridge and the freezer in a house are the real energy eaters. They are the ones that can make a real difference, and it is easier to target the consumer on buying a better appliance.

“It is areas like this where you can make a difference and influence people.”

Check out our page on Energy Efficiency for more tips on saving energy in your home:


Vince Adams says:
Dorset Energized at the Sturminster Newton Show Saturday 23rd June

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Come and say hi to the Dorset Energized team at the Sturminster Newton Show, where we’ll have our Nissan LEAF, solar panels, heat pumps, and will be running a questionnaire to assess the local feelings and requirements of Renewable Energy.

Sturminster Newton Show
Saturday 23rd June 2012, 10am – 6pm
Sturminster Newton Recreation Ground, Ricketts Lane 

This is a great family day out with vintage cars and vehicles.
Displays by Stur Steppers Sturminster Newton Majorettes, Zumba, Dog Agility, High School Samba Band and many more. Craft stalls, Refreshments and Beer…
There’s also a tent and plenty to entertain the children!

Entrance: £2 adults; 50p children

We hope to see you there!


Vince Adams says:
Bridport Renewable Energy Group Meeting

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Last night I attended a Bridport Renewable Energy Group meeting at the new Core Showroom Centre art Bradpole just outside Bridport.

The meeting was extremely interesting as we were shown around the Centre by Dan a knowledgeable and likable young man in full command of his subject. I for one was amazed at the vast array of renewable equipment that is now available from Solar, Solar Thermal through to all kinds of Heat Pumps and on into bio-mass. The new equipment looks really sexy in its shiny new colours and will be quite a feature wherever it is installed.

The BREG people all showed their interest in everything and many were already running important schemes of their own. The new Biomass project at Pat’s field for example will go live very soon and give Pat and her visitors a constant supply of hot water.

Richard Toft their Chairman speaks softly and well and has a delicate hand on the tiller.

Lucy the wife of the founder needs everyone’s thanks for hosting the event and I for one will be going back to look more closely at one or two of the items and hear the infectious enthusiasm of Lucy and her staff for the New World that is Renewables.

Thanks for a great nigh, plus I got back home in my Nissan LEAF with 25 miles spare energy, wow!


Vince Adams says:
Baking Hot Offer: Win Yummy Cakes by Respect Organics!

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As well as helping get Dorset Energized off the ground, I run Respect Organics with my family in Shaftesbury, Dorset. Respect Organics is the UK’s leading organic cake producers, and we are very proud of our relationship with the Dorset Energized campaign to connect people with renewable energy.

All our cakes are organic and use free-range eggs. Organic farming releases less greenhouse gases than non-organic farming – choosing organic, local and seasonal food can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.

Respect Organics are therefore very excited to be able to offer Dorset Energized Facebook friends a fantastic competition…

Once Dorset Energized has reached our first 100 followers on Facebook, one lucky winner will win an assortment of Carrot Cake, Chocolate Cake, Banana Loaf and Ginger Crush Cakes!

For your chance to win simply ‘like’ Dorset Energized on Facebook:

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  • Dorset Energized comments:
    "CONGRATULATIONS TO JESSICA HOWELL our 2nd winner now we have reached over 200 Facebook followers! "
    August 28, 2012 a 11:35 am

  • Dorset Energized comments:
    "CONGRATULATIONS LUCY MARIE OSBORNE for being our first cake winner after reaching 100 likes on 10th July! Keep liking and sharing our Facebook page for your chance to win again when we reach our next 100 followers – here’s to 200 likes (currently only 7 likes away from today!)… "
    July 25, 2012 a 9:03 pm


Anna Celeste Watson says:
Join the Rio Connection! Rio+20 Earth Summit

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The Rio Connection – 16th-22nd June 2012

This summer, 20 years on from the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, government representatives from around the world will meet at a ‘Rio+20’ summit to discuss sustainable development.

Over the past two years, as part of the African and Big Climate Connection, local groups around the UK have been building up connections with each other through lobbying their MPs. The Rio Connection will be a chance to build on this grassroots movement.

Local networks will hold Rio-themed events with their MPs (or their MSPs in Scotland/ AMs in Wales), ranging from simple lobby meetings, to themed football tournaments and local carnivals!

These events will connect global and national sustainability issues with those in their community, inspire new people to talk about sustainability, and encourage our politicians to sign up to a sustainable future.

Check out their inspiring video and for more information visit

UPDATE 27th June 2012:

“Please tell us what you thought of 2012’s Earth Summit in Rio which has been described as a shambles! Here’s a couple of links to recent news articles: and


Beverley Satchell says:
Nissan LEAF coming to Gillingham & Shaftesbury Showground 17th June

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FJ Chalke have had a great couple of trips over the last couple of weeks showcasing the 100% electric Nissan LEAF.

Shane and I had a very successful trip to Jersey and are planning another trip there at the end of the month because we have had so much interest in the Nissal LEAF and test drives booked. We have been working closely with Jersey Electricity, and we shared our pitch with them as they themselves have a Nissan LEAF that we supplied to them! They have had so much response since we left the island it has been unbelievable.

We also had a great time at the Bath & West Show and met up with Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis who signed another 6 month lease with us on his Nissan LEAF!

Don’t miss us at our next event right here in Dorset…

Sunday 17th June 2012 (12pm – 9pm)
Rotary Club of Gillingham, Gillingham & Shaftesbury Showground
The 1st Annual Showground Shindig Father’s Day Music & Ale Festival

Main Stage Programme:

12.00 Bell Street Jazz
1.05 Dave Harrington’s Bullet Band
2.10 Mustang Sally
3.10 Tom Clements
4.15 The Vibe
5.20 StopGoSixty
6.40 Average Wage Band
8.00 Moveable Feast

Pre Show Tickets are available up to 15th June at cheaper prices than on the day!
Adults: £12
6-17 years old: £6

On the day/gate the price will be
Adults: £14
6-17 years old: £7

Children under 6 years old will be free.

Its going to be a great day and we’d love to see you at our stand to answer all your questions about the Nissan LEAF.

For more information visit

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  • Beverley Satchell comments:
    "The ‘Fathers day Shindig’ at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury showground was a great success. We provided demos in the Nissan LEAF so people got to experience first hand how fun it is to drive. It gave people that shock factor and that was what the demos were all about! People were left amazed. Even if these people were not serious Nissan LEAF buyers, their experience has left them with stories they can pass on to friends and family, and we hope this will stir interest in future test drivers. "
    June 27, 2012 a 9:29 am


Anna Celeste Watson says:
Is this your brain?! The psychological barriers to engaging with energy use

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Image from the Green Alliance Report



The Green Alliance recently announced a new report Neither sermons nor silence: the case for national communications on energy which shows why the government’s current plan to rely on multiple, dispersed communications for energy schemes are unlikely to secure the take up and interest needed, putting the policies at risk of failure.

The report looks at lessons from other high profile campaigns like the recent digital switchover and Change4Life. They clearly show the importance of a government-backed, national level brand and communications strategy to support policy delivery. Public take up of government energy schemes has been relatively low up until now, even when measures are heavily subsidised or even free. Overcoming this requires communications to build a strong brand which will enable trusted messengers to communicate and have the power to change social norms. As we head into the roll-out of a number of new schemes, they set out a clear case for getting the communications right if they are to be a success.

To put it simply – members of the public like you and me just aren’t investing in renewable energy or in becoming more energy efficient, even though we know that it is critical to sustain our planet, but we just don’t want to accept that we have a part to play, or believe that our individual or household actions can actually make a difference, or we think we simply can’t afford it. ( ‘Salience’ in the diagram apparently means ‘Importance/Priority’ but I had to look that up!).

I couldn’t help but be drawn straight to the diagram above from the report (cutting out all the blurb!) and I thought I should share it with you so you can see if you identify with it, and to hear your thoughts on how Dorset Energized can help you overcome some of these perceived ‘barriers’ to engaging with energy.

Check out the Green Alliance Blog for more details on and more importantly please let us know your comments and ideas on how we can help get Dorset Energized!

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  • vince adams comments:
    "The case for Nuclear is far from understood and yet it is being thrust fast forward under the radar by our politicians.
    The latest facts to emerge are that we will have to subsidise the French Energy Companies to build our new plants at very high costs to the consumer long-term.
    The Germans have pulled out and renewable energy will suffer from lack of investment.
    So the real debate is do we really want Nuclear,costly in both money and environmental terms or like the Germans,Danes and many others focus real effort,investment and attention on renewable.
    What do the majority of people want now and for the future generations who come after us ? I leave you to judge and make up your own minds. "

    June 11, 2012 a 9:47 am

  • vince adams comments:
    "This is an amazing report and so true of us all.
    How can we publicise the report so that we all read, admit its true and then do something about it. What I hope is that Dorsetenergized can help you to do something about it with simple steps forward. Just by reading this blog, subscribing to the campaign you become better informed for the moment when you can speak up for RE, get involved personally etc "

    June 11, 2012 a 9:37 am

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