Community Energy Fortnight kicks off with national conference

The third annual conference for community energy practitioners will take place in Oxford on September 5. The Community Energy Conference 2015 marks the beginning of Community Energy Fortnight,...

The third annual conference for community energy practitioners will take place in Oxford on September 5. The Community Energy Conference 2015 marks the beginning of Community Energy Fortnight, which runs until September 20.

Co-operative Energy and Community Energy England are co-hosting the conference under the banner ‘New Government, New Dawn’. The gathering will consider how the newly elected Conservative government and the revised Community Energy Strategy, which includes changes to investor tax relief and a new approach from the Financial Conduct Authority, will impact the UK’s growing community energy sector.

The EU is progressing with its new, citizen-centred Energy Union strategy and the conference will consider whether EU State Aid Guidelines restrict national support mechanisms.

The Community Energy Awards, organised by Community Energy England and Energise London, will be presented on the evening of the conference. Categories include energy saving, heat, power, innovation, local authority partner and collaboration. Free tickets are still available for bother the conference and the awards ceremony.

Community Energy Fortnight, which is being promoted by the Community Energy Coalition in association with Co-operative Energy, this year includes a tour of Torrs Riverside Gorge in New Mills, Derbyshire, on September 5, ICLEI Europe and Friends of the Earth’s community energy and local government workshop in London on September 9 and Carbon Coop’s Open Homes weekend in Manchester on September 12 and 13.

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