A series of illuminating talks on community energy.
Keeping the Light On
Image from a recent event held run by Richard Watson in Bexhill on Sea called Energy Month at which Ovesco and other groups in Community Energy South met. Greg Barker attended the event and took questions from the groups.
Green electricity supplier, Good Energy, has identified Brighton as one of the most sustainably focussed cities in the UK for a new campaign asking people to ‘Switch for Good’.
|The UK based 100% renewable electricity company will launch a major new advertising campaign in the City this month, highlighting the benefits of switching... More|
Chris Rowland from OVESCO said: ‘It is our vision to build partnerships to increase the supply of renewable energy and see an energy revolution take place in the UK.' OVESCO currently sells the electricity exported from our community owned photovoltaic sites to Good Energy, because they are committed to sourcing 100% renewable power for their customers.
OVESCO has been short listed for the 2014 Ashden Awards. OVESCO director Chris Rowland said 'we are delighted to be short listed, because the Ashden Awards are truly inspiring and show case amazing projects from all over the world’. Here is a link to the Ashden Awards Web site
|The Department of Energy and Climate Change have just published the first ever Community Energy Strategy. It sets out the role that communities can play in helping to meet the UK’s energy and climate change challenges, including supporting a sustainable and secure energy system; reducing UK greenhouse gas emissions; and lowering consumer bills. More information here...|
OVESCO has applied for the Community Energy Peer Mentor Fund (CEPMF) and was invited to an interview on 15th January to discuss their application. OVESCO proposes to take ten Sussex groups from Community Energy South through the process of setting up their own energy Co-operative.
Chris Rowland said ‘the interview went well, our pitch was supported by West Sussex County Council as part of Sussex Energy Saving Partnership (SESP) and we will know if the bid was successful at the end of January’. For more information visit the SIB Group web site
The Barcombe Energy Group was successful in its application for the Rural Community Energy Fund to undertake a feasibility study for a district heating scheme. Ollie Pendered said ‘This is a really exciting prospect for Barcombe who are off the gas network and highly reliant on oil for heating’. More information here...
BHESCO and Communities Matter have been awarded funding to develop a Community Energy Plan around the newly formed Hove Neighbourhoods Forum. This will kick start community energy and local energy efficiency take up in the Forum area and is a great mechanism for greening the Neighbourhood Plan in Hove.