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Community energy conference
Chris Rowland of Ovesco at the community energy conference.
Kent County Council
Your Energy Sussex (WSCC)
Brighton Uni (Green Growth Platform)
Howard Johns – OVESCO director; Ollie Pendered – OVESCO director; Alice Glaysher – Ringmer Community College A level student; Norman Baker MP (Lewes) and Minister; James Turk – Ringmer Community College A level student; Mike Pepler – Ashden; Chris Rowland – OVESCO director; Steve Green - Ringmer Community College & Ashden Less CO2.
Ovesco had the great pleasure recently of giving money away – to pupils at three local schools who had demonstrated their commitment to a cleaner, safer world, through action and not just words. The Ovesco School Fund presented £250 to each of the three winning schools on Friday the 19th of September during the Power to the People conference at the Linklater Pavilion.
The winners were the Eco Groups at Priory School, Lewes, led by teacher Lawrence Quin, Chailey School (Simon Cossuta), and Ringmer Community College (Steve Green and Jonathon Wood).
Priory received their award for a litter sculpture designed to educate pupils about litter and waste, which they will take to local primary schools, as well as Priory itself. Chailey’s grant will be used on solar energy kits and a model wind turbine, as educational tools for renewable energy, while at Ringmer the money will be used to embed practical energy efficiency measures even more firmly in the running of the school.
Young people are or course more at risk from climate change than their parents, but it is easy for them to feel powerless to act. Ovesco set up these awards to help them see that there is a way forward, and that the necessary skills are there for them to use and build on. Ovesco is delighted at the success of the competition, and the intelligent work and commitment shown by all the winners, and indeed by all the schools that applied. We wish every one who took part success in their next projects.
Are you helping create a low-carbon UK? The Ashden Awards are now open for entries: Deadline Tuesday 4 November 2014
Leading national green energy awards scheme the Ashden Awards is seeking entries for its 2015 Awards. This year they’re particularly interested in demand response and demand reduction – either through technology or behaviour change - as well as energy storage and smart grid technology. Ashden is also looking for examples of achievement in local renewable energy generation – particularly through hydro power or anaerobic digestion. Entry is free, with winners to be presented with Awards worth up to £20,000 at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 11 June 2015. Winners also receive a package of benefits and tailored support including targeted media coverage, business support and introductions to policymakers, potential funders and investors. Find out more: bit.ly/ashdenuk
Applications are now open for the 2015 Ashden Awards. Apply here...
OVESCO directors Ollie Pendered and Nick Rouse have just returned from a trip to Germany to learn why Germany is so good at delivering renewable energy.
Ollie Pendered said: ‘It feels as though, back in the UK, energy will have to localised, and communities need to empower and encourage the local authorities to work together to develop local energy companies whose profits go back into the communities’.
Nick Rouse said: ‘I was very impressed by the German engineering and by the fact that the town councils and local governments are so involved with their energy. In the UK, our towns and councils used to own and run a lot of the local infrastructure, but not any more. Our local community energy companies cannot raise the money required to develop decentralised energy, and to achieve this our local councils will have to to buy into this idea’.
Read the blog on the Community Energy South website...
OVESCO would like to thank My Embrace for organising this trip for the third year. We can can arrange for future trips for those working in the field of renewable energy, or members of CES, by contacting Chris or Ollie at OVESCO.
The Community Energy South discussions. Showcasing local community energy initiatives, encouraging new groups to take up community energy, scaling up our low carbon future and making local green growth jobs. More here...
|Friday 19 September, 12 to 6pm, Lewes, Linklater Pavilion.
Tuesday 23 September, 11am to 5pm, Assembly Halls, Chichester.
Friday 26 September, 12 to 6pm, Flimwell Woodland Centre.
Monday 29 September, 11 to 5pm, Forest Row, Community Hall.
**Schedule include locally sourced light lunch and tea and coffee**
Booking will soon be set up on the Community Energy South web site
Embrace Cooperation Ltd: Professionals Good Practice Exchange in Renewable Energy To Germany - 17th to 23rd August 2014.
See OVESCO blog for information on past trip undertaken by Chris Rowland.
Roger Bolton discusses accusations of false balance in the BBC's climate change reporting with BBC Trustee Alison Hastings...
Hear Liz Mandeville, Ovesco Director, on BBC Radio 4’s Feedback - approximately 6 minutes into the interview - talking about false balance and the interview the BBC Radio 4 Today programme ran with Sir Brain Hoskins and Nigel Lawson. The ECU upheld there was false balance in the Today programme in February 2014.
Read Rob Hopkins (of the Transition Network): An Open Letter to the BBC on Lord Lawson's Today Programme appearance...