ED Davey the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change and local MP Norman Baker visited Harvey Depot today (Thursday 13th November) to see community energy in action. OVESCO Lewes’s own local energy generator and groups who are part of Community Energy South met for a discussion about the future of our energy supply. HKD Energy attended the meeting having launched their first share issue to fund Photovoltaic panels for Downlands School in Hassocks. Juliet Merrifield a director of HKD Energy asked about the importance of government support for community energy such as continued access to the Enterprise Investment Scheme for community energy schemes.
In the afternoon the visit moved on to a pop up energy shop in Newhaven high Street, which was launched as part of the Big Energy Saving Network to help local residents check energy bills, switch suppliers to save money. Ollie Pendered said ‘having a presence in Newhaven will help us support the public with concerns about energy bills and help show support for Newhaven as a hub for renewable energy in the future’. The Urban Community Energy Fund was launched by Ed Davey and Chris Rowland, an OVESCO director, said ‘we will be looking at this fund and applying to help the development renewable energy in Newhaven as an urban location’. Watch the video: Raising the roof over energy - on The Argus website...
Second Communities partnership announced
10th November 2014, Hastings: OVO Energy today announced its second ‘OVO Communities’ partnership, with Community Energy South, as part of its ground-breaking plan to democratise the energy market. The news follows just one month after OVO revealed plans for its first partnership with Plymouth Energy Community. Read it on the OVO Energy website...
MP welcomes pioneering new green energy tariff
Community Energy South, a Sussex-based community energy organisation, this week announced it will begin supplying energy to local residents in spring. Read it on the Hastings & St. Leonards Observer...
The Energy Mentoring programme is a new initiative which will enable new and existing community energy groups to benefit from support delivered by experienced and trained mentors who will help them to navigate the often complex financial, regulatory and organisational hurdles that are faced by ventures looking to develop community energy projects. Read it on the Energy Mentoring website...
This will help new communities set up energy co-ops in the South East.
Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint, Keymer, Ditchling Transition (HKD) had a successful share launch - read it here... and they are the first group to offer shares from the CEPM work. Energise Sussex Coast where also successful using Enertgy4All - read it here...
These projects and others have been supported by OVESCO using the Community Energy Peer Mentor Fund.
A trip to Saxony in Germany on the 7th to 13th of December 2014 (£150 contribution to cost) to experience first hand how Germany has dealt with the integration of renewable energy technologies as part of their energy mix and what this has meant for the development of training programmes as well as from an investment point of view.
Read more in the newspaper: The Argus...
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.