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Community Energy, Fuel Poverty and Social Investment – a Big Local Learning event

The Dyfi Community Wind Turbine up and running

‘Community Energy, Fuel Poverty and Social Investment’ is a one day Learning event for Big Local Areas and Partnerships.

It’s on Friday March 7th 2014 (10am – 4.15pm) at the London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Grays Inn Rd. London (near Kings Cross)

This event is being organised for Local Trust (that runs Big Local) by CEA with support from Green Community Buildings. It will be facilitated by Chris Church, Big Local rep and co-director of Community Environment Associates.

There are now over 500 community-led projects operating in England and Wales producing energy and income from renewable sources. Many are also working to save energy, cut fuel bills and tackle fuel poverty. These projects give communities a chance to develop assets and a permanent income stream under their control. The Government has just launched a Community Energy Strategy and this work area is set to grow.

Community energy only produces about 0.3% of the total renewable electricity capacity in the UK. The rest is from commercial companies and solar power panels on peoples’ homes. In Germany that figure for community-generated renewable energy is 46% and community energy schemes are having an increasing economic impact.  Even a small community energy system (e.g. solar power on a centre roof) can bring in thousands of pounds and pay for itself in a few years.

Big Local Partnerships are in a good position to benefit from all this. They have funds that they can invest in ways that will generate new income streams. They can link this work to building engagement of those suffering from fuel poverty.

This one day Big Local event is starting to fill up.  It will give Big Local areas the ideas and skills to assess the potential for such projects in their own localities. Attendees will get contacts to link up with work already happening in their regions and will be able to discuss how this links into Big Local’s developing work on social investment and tackling poverty.

Speakers will include people from Green Community Buildings, already working with organisations in three BL areas, from Repowering London, a social enterprise based in Brixton, from workers on fuel poverty and from a specialist agency that helps develop funding packages and offers planning support.

More information on the day is here.

To book a place or if you have any questions please call Chris Church on 07710 409590 or email bookings to (put ‘Big Local energy event’ in subject line and include name, contact details and the Big Local area you are involved with).


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