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Green Influencers scheme kicks off

22 January 2021

This month saw the launch of new project designed to empower young people to run social action projects in communities across England. The pioneering 'Green Influencers' scheme is funded by The Ernest Cook Trust and match-funded through the #iwill Fund; a £50million pot created by The National Lottery Community Fund and... Read more

Launch of community energy peer mentoring programme

20 January 2021

CSE, Power to Change and Cooperatives UK are delighted to launch a new branch of Next Generation based around peer mentoring by community energy experts.The Community Energy Peer Mentoring programme aims to harness the skills, enthusiasm and expertise of the community energy sector. Funded by Power to Change, the programme... Read more

The climate emergency, local plans and you...

17 January 2021

We and the Town & Country Planning Association are seeking funding to encourage communities to engage with their council and its local plan in order to press for stronger climate-focussed policies.CSE's Dan Stone is working on funding proposals. "There is much that the planning system can do to support the... Read more

Zero-carbon village halls at Village Halls Week 2021

13 January 2021

On Thursday 28th January (10:30-12:30), as part of their 2021 Village Halls Week, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) are hosting an online event exploring how village halls can contribute to a zero-carbon future.Led by ACRE's Chair David Emerson CBE, the event will feature talks led by CSE and... Read more

Vacancy - Senior Project Worker - extended deadline

23 December 2020

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and knowledgeable Senior Project Worker to assist community groups, young people and local authorities develop initiatives that respond to the climate emergency and take advantage of key shifts in the energy system.Salary: £22,427 to £25,385 depending on experienceClosing date: midnight on Sunday 31 January 2021 (the closing... Read more

Bristol Sustainable Energy Research Fund project update

18 December 2020

As 2020 is rapidly drawing to a close, we are happy to announce that Dr Emilia Melville and Jack Nicholls have been making excellent progress with their joint BSERF project, titled “Energy Democracy in Bristol's City Leap”.This research is investigating possible forms of democratic participation in Bristol City Council’s City... Read more

Climate Emergency Action Planning Tool for local government

12 December 2020

Since launching our Climate Emergency Support Programme in late 2019, we’ve spoken to around 60 local authorities and hundreds of parish and town councils at different stages of their climate emergency journey. For many council officers tasked with the job of pulling together a Climate Emergency Strategy, getting buy-in from senior... Read more

Carbon Literacy training for local authority elected members

5 December 2020

Local Authorities seeking to really embed their climate emergency declarations, demonstrate the need for ambitious carbon reduction strategies, and really engage their residents on the need for the net zero journey can now benefit from accredited training specifically designed for their elected members and senior leadership team. These online training... Read more

CSE, Samsung and Lancaster Uni share award for innovative schools project

26 November 2020

The Energy in Schools project – in which CSE and Lancaster University under the leadership of Samsung built an innovative energy management platform for schools – has won a silver award in the Best Combined Programme category of the Corporate Engagement Awards.The project was also highly commended in the Best... Read more

Innovation Lab webinar series: Open LV

22 November 2020

The next in our monthly series of Innovation Lab webinars on community energy is on Tuesday 8th December (10.30-12.00) and features Bridget Newbery from CSE talking about Open LV, a groundbreaking project that made local electricity data openly available. Click here to find out more and to sign up.Our 90-minute seminars... Read more

Power Partners helping to support most vulnerable during a challenging year

14 November 2020

Throughout 2020, funding from the Power Partners scheme has empowered community organisations to offer valuable support to vulnerable groups suffering from fuel poverty. The £113,000 community investment fund comes from UK Power Networks, the company that owns and maintains electricity infrastructure in the South East, East of England and London,... Read more

Local Council Climate Action days now booking for 2021

10 November 2020

Earlier this year, CSE launched a new series of action planning workshops, designed to help town and parish councils across the UK take practical action on their climate emergency declarations.The workshops provide local councils with:A good grounding on the context, drivers, facts and figures in this space from global to... Read more

Six funded groups for the WPD Energy Affordability Fund (2020-21)

26 October 2020

We're pleased to be able to announce that there were six successful applicants to the Energy Affordability Fund, funded by Western Power Distribution (WPD) and administered by us.The first round of the Energy Affordability Fund grant scheme ran in late 2018. Six community-focused organisations shared over £75,000 to be spent on initiatives that support fuel poor... Read more

Four new funding opportunities

24 October 2020

Some new funding opportunities for community groups have recently come to our attention. The deadlines are pretty soon, so act fast if you think you're eligible!Power to Change Community Business Renewal Fund - The details of Power to Change's new fund to support community businesses across England impacted by Covid-19... Read more

Renewable energy cooperative launches £2m share-offer to fund Bristol’s first hydro-electric generator

22 October 2020

Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) has launched a £2 million share-offer to help create Bristol’s first community owned hydro-electric generator, near Bristol Temple Meads station at Netham Weir. This micro-hydro power station will use the natural force of the water falling across the weir to spin twin turbines, which will produce enough... Read more

We respond to government’s Planning White Paper consultation

21 October 2020

The Government's Planning White Paper is flawed, and should be rewritten with the UK’s Climate Change targets at its heart..That is the view of CSE and the Town and Country Planning Association who have today (19 October) published a document calling on Government to ensure that, in considering the objectives, structures... Read more

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