The Community Energy sector has faced a series of challenging setbacks over the past 18 months as a result of changes made by the Government to a number of support mechanisms. These changes have adversely impacted on plans many community energy groups had on developing projects in their neighbourhoods – projects that would have helped generate renewable energy, alleviate fuel poverty and be largely financed by the local community itself. It all seems a very long time ago since the Government championed the sector, publishing a specific Community Energy Strategy.
London projects have faced additional challenges due to the complexity and cost of delivering schemes in the capital. Despite this, community energy groups have been resourceful, working hard with a diverse range of Londoners from residents, schools, local councils and businesses, and churches to install renewable energy systems from solar panels to anaerobic digestors and providing energy efficiency advice.
The rapid decline in Government support mechanisms has not dimmed ambitions, with community energy groups becoming even more inventive, looking at opportunities for projects involving energy storage, peer-to-peer energy trading, LED lighting and also renewable heat technologies. A network of groups has been working together over the past six months as Community Energy London, to help share best practice, highlight projects, and raise the profile of community energy in London.
Please come along to this Community Energy Fortnight event put on by Community Energy London! This event is open to anyone with involvement or interest in community energy. It will be an opportunity to learn about the state of the community energy sector in London, upcoming plans, and about some exciting projects that are underway. There will then be a breakout session with workshops on different community energy-related topics, including how to start your own project, building successful partnerships & new and emerging business models.
It would be great to see as many people as possible – all welcome!
Committee Rooms 4 & 5, City Hall
Greater London Authority
More London Riverside
6.00 – 6.10PM Welcome
6.10 – 6.20PM Comments by Leonie Cooper AM, Chair of London Assembly Environment Committee
6.20 – 6.30PM Findings of Community Energy London Study
6.30 – 6.35PM Introduction to Breakout Sessions
6.35 – 7.20 PM Breakout sessions:
1. Joining in and joining up
How to setup your own group
How to find and join an existing group
How to reach out to members of your community and potential supporters
Existing resources (e.g. CEE Hub)
Start up funding
2. Building successful partnerships
Working with Local Authorities
Working with companies (big/small)
Working with other third sector/voluntary groups
Working with other public sector (e.g. NHS)
3. New and emerging business models
Demand side response
New approaches to finance
Investment in operational projects
Reducing operational costs
7.20 – 7.30PM Feedback from Break out Sessions (from breakout session leads) & Next Steps
7.30 – 7.40PM Closing Remarks
7.40 – 8PM Refreshments and Networking
Community Energy London website is: http://communityenergy.london/
E mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org