Here’s a link to an article published in the Chichester Observer in November 2014:
Powering Our Communities
The Community Energy South discussions
Tuesday 23 September – Chichester Agenda, Assembly Rooms
11:00 Event opens – Registration.
SESSION 1: Community Energy
- 11:30 Welcome and introduction to the Community Energy South Discussions hosted
by award -winning Community Energy Group, OVESCo – Chris Rowland
introduces 2014; a year of Community Energy and the growth of new energy
groups across Sussex.
- 11:45 Solesco: a new Community Energy group based in Chichester – Tom
Broughton introduces the potential for Community Energy in Chichester and
- 12:00 Steyning Greening Campaign – Malcolm Duke showcases the work of the
Steyning group, from Green Drinks discussions to partnering with large-scale
- 12:15 Barcombe Energy Group – Nigel Greenwood will introduce the Barcombe
Rural District Heat project and the potential of off the gas grid
- 12:30 West Solent Solar Co-operative – Anthony Woolhouse the Chair, explains how
his community got right behind a locally owned 2.4MW solar project.
- 12:45 Worthing Energy Shop – Jason Hannah introduces plans to set up a
community-led energy shop and advice service.
- 13:00 DEBATE – Tom Broughton the editor of the Community Energy South
newsletters, will chair a debate with the first community energy speakers on
the importance of Community Energy in West Sussex.
- 13:20 Lunch and networking
SESSION 2: Scaling up community energy and becoming sustainable
- 14.00 Introduction to Powering Our Communities by Ollie Pendered, OVESCo and
Community Energy South. Stories and inspiration from Germany – working with
local authorities and building the Big Energy Saving Network.
- 14:20 Your Energy Sussex – formerly the Sussex Energy Saving Partnership, is making
maximum use of Government schemes such as Green Deal, the Energy
Company Obligation (ECO) and other funding sources, to install energy
saving measures in up to 680,000 households over the next 25 years and help
businesses to become more energy efficient.
- 14.35 The Sussex Energy Tariff in our hands – Kayla Ente founder of Brighton and
Hove Energy Services Co-operative introduces the plans for a Sussex Energy
Tariff and starting to break up the Big 6 energy supply companies.
- 14.50 A look at the future potential for community energy across Sussex – Dave
Barton one of the Founders of Transition Chichester and Director of Solesco.
- 15.05 Cuckmere Community Solar – Alister Scott introduces the pitfalls and highs of
developing a large-scale, community-owned solar project and working with
a developer to develop a joint venture commercially and community owned
- 15:20 Green Growth Platform: support to help you create a sound business model
and unlock your growth potential. Jane Ollis of the Green Growth Platform
reminds us of the importance of a sound business model and a close eye on
business basics; strategy, finance, resources and marketing.
- 15:35 DEBATE – Ollie Pendered will Chair a debate with a panel of speakers and
questions from guests with thoughts on the day and growing support for a
future, locally-grown Energy Market.
- 16:00 Close
Supported by; OVESCo, Communities Matter, Barcombe Energy Group, HKD Energy (Hassocks Keymer and Ditchling), Brighton Energy Coop, Brighton & Hove Energy Services Company, Energise Sussex Coast, RX Energy Rye, Cuckmere Valley Solar, Alfriston Energy, Worthing Energy Shop, SOLESCO Chichester and Arun, Sustainability Connections, Steyning Greening Group, Forest Row Energy, East and West Sussex County Council (Your Energy Sussex), Kent County Council, Repower Balcombe, Eastbourne Community Energy, University of Brighton Green Growth Platform, Brighton Energy Co-Op and Forum for the Future.
The Community Energy South Discussions
‘Powering Our Communities.’
The Community Energy South discussions.
This is one of four events taking place across the region between the 19th and 29th of September.
Organised by Community Energy South, to showcase local community energy initiatives, it sets out to encourage new groups to take up community energy, look at scaling up our low carbon future and to develop local, green-growth jobs.
Community Energy is now, more than ever, featuring upon community agendas across the country. Today there are 6000 community energy groups in the UK looking closely at their local energy use. In doing so, they are making bold steps to generate locally owned energy, alongside helping their communities to use their power and heat more efficiently. These communities are both empowering themselves and making significant cost savings.
The ‘Powering our Communities’ events are free and focused upon providing information for community groups, parishes, local authorities, individuals and businesses whom all want to know more about developing a low carbon, energy efficient community. It provides an opportunity for everyone to learn from communities whom are doing just that. Existing groups will showcase the growth of community energy and debate the future growth of the industry in our region.
These half-day conferences will provide opportunities to meet local energy champions. Lunch is provided and the conference agenda will cover:
INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY ENERGY
– Community Energy – developing local power networks
– Tackling Fuel poverty – Big Energy Saving Network in Sussex and Kent
– schools and energy champions.
– District heating – case studies for off-grid communities.
SCALING UP & MAKING LOCAL GREEN JOBS
– Training in community energy and energy efficiency.
– Large scale solar and community involvement
– Community energy and development.
– Our own regional energy tariffs.
– Your Energy Sussex- The Green Growth Platform.
Supported by; OVESCo, Communities Matter, Barcombe Energy Group, HKD Energy (Hassocks Keymer and Ditchling), Brighton Energy Coop, Brighton & Hove Energy Services Company, Energise Sussex Coast, RX Energy Rye, Cuckmere Valley Solar, Alfriston Energy, Worthing Energy Shop, SOLESCO Chichester and Adur, Sustainability Connections, Steyning Greening Group, Forest Row Energy, East and West Sussex County Council (Your Energy Sussex), Kent County Council, Repower Balcombe, Eastbourne Community Energy, University of Brighton Green Growth Platform, Forum for the Future.
Tom Broughton was interviewed on Spirit FM on 25 June 2014.