Community Energy Fortnight 2016

The 2016 Community Energy Fortnight, organised by the Community Energy Coalition and supported by Co-operative Energy, runs from 3-18 September. It’s a chance for community energy groups –...

The 2016 Community Energy Fortnight, organised by the Community Energy Coalition and supported by Co-operative Energy, runs from 3-18 September. It’s a chance for community energy groups – including co-operatives – to showcase inspiring examples of communities who are sharing their resources and generating renewable energy and wasting less.

The Fortnight kicked off in Oxford with the fourth Community Energy Conference, and we’ll be collecting all of our coverage from the event – and well as stories from the rest of the two weeks – right here.

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  • Co-operative Energy launches apprenticeship schemes and training centres

    Co-operative Energy has renewed its focus on education and training by launching new apprenticeship and graduate trainee schemes. It has also established two dedicated training academies, exclusively for the use of Co-operative Energy colleagues, which is staffed by four full-time trainers under the management of Jo Bevington, head of people development. Apprentices will work in ...

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  • Community involvement is key to successful renewable energy projects, Dr Andreas Wieg tells delegates at the 2016 Community Energy Conference

    NIMBYism, co-operatives and Germany's Energy Transition

    The number of energy co-operatives in Germany has grown from eight to over 800 in a decade – the sector has 160,000 members and now accounts for 10% of all German co-ops. One of the reasons for this growth is the Energiewende, or energy transition, which aims to switch Germany to a renewable energy economy, leaving nuclear and fossil fuel behind. Legislative support for the Energiewende was ...

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  • Energy Local's Dr Mary Gillie at the 2016 Community Energy Conference

    Local energy for local communities

    Community energy should be about matching community generation with community usage, said Dr Mary Gillie, speaking at the 2016 Community Energy Conference. “Let’s be grateful for what we have – but if we want a low carbon system, we need to develop a system that recognises the value of small scale renewable energy,” she said. “We need to give people information from the bottom up and give ...

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  • 80% drop in community owned energy following government u-turns

    New data released by Co-operatives UK has revealed an 80% drop in community owned energy after u-turns by the government. Ten new community energy organisations were registered between 1 January and 6 September this year, compared with 76 green energy start-ups in 2015. The picture is even bleaker in terms of energy generation, says the sector body. “Local communities have put in ...

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  • Powering forward - the need for new approaches

    “We might as a country be leaving the institution of the European Union; we’re not leaving Europe. You will remain our friends.” So said Ramsay Dunning, general manager of Co-operative Energy, opening the 2016 Community Energy Conference. The event – now in its fourth year – marked the start of the 2016 Community Energy Fortnight (3-18 September). It brought together over 300 people at ...

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  • Community Energy Awards 2016 – the winners

    Community energy organisations from around the UK - including co-operatives - have been recognised at the 2016 Community Energy Awards. Organised jointly by Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales, the awards celebrate inspiring community groups, local authorities and collaborations that are making a positive difference to the sector. The ceremony took place on 3 September ...

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  • Over two thirds of UK public backs community energy

    Community energy has retained the overwhelming backing of the UK public, according to research from Co-operative Energy. Released at the start of the UK's Community Energy Fortnight, the findings also demonstrate increased support among Conservative voters. More than two-thirds (67%) of the 2,000+ UK adults polled for the research said they would support local community-owned renewable ...

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  • The 2016 Community Energy Conference took place on 3 September at the Said Business School in Oxford

    Community Energy Conference 2016

    Community Energy Fortnight 2016 launched on Saturday, 3 September, to showcase and celebrate inspiring examples of communities who are sharing resources, generating renewable energy and wasting less. This year the Fortnight, which is supported by The Co-operative Energy, has the theme Powering Forward, and will explore options for new models to face future challenges. This year has seen the ...

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