Community Energy Forum

Download Stuart's presentations from here and Andy's about Reach from here

Date: Friday 14th Feb 2014
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Venue: Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Cherry Hinton Road, CB1 7AJ (limited parking available)
Free entry, donations welcome

Solar Panels installed on Ridgefield Primary School

Our electricity market is dominated by the 'big six' energy companies and some of them are investing in renewable energy but not as fast as we'd like. That's a shame but we can do something about it.

As communities we can own our own renewable energy schemes. The investors get a reasonable return, and surplus income is used for other community projects. As of May 2012, in Germany 65% of renewables were owned by individuals or communities (see Germany's renewable energy revolution leaves UK in the shade (Guardian)). Examples in the UK include Bath and West Community Energy, Grand Union Community Energy and Brixton Energy and further examples from theTransition Network here.

Should we do this in Cambridge? Should I let a community energy company use my church/school etc? Is it a good investment? (Read what Nicola thinks about it on her blog)

Here to explain and answer your questions we have:
Stuart Dyer Community Energy projects in the UK
Mike Brettle Gamlingay Community Turbine - funded by local residents and businesses
Andy Rankin Solar PV farm in Reach - currently in planning
Stuart Dyer our ideas for Cambridge Community Energy - please tell us what you think
Paul Rewrie (PR Accountants) tax incentives for investment

Program (approx):

7.05pm Doors open.
7.30pm Introductory presentations
8.15pm Your questions.
9.00pm Refreshments.
9.30pm Close.
Could you put up a poster for this event? Download it here (500 Kb A4 pdf) or ask Nicola for one or a few. Download the press release here (38 Kb pdf)

Previous forums run by the energy group include: