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Vacancy: Project Worker

28 March 2021

Due to internal progression, we're seeking to recruit a Project Worker to join our Local & Community Empowerment team to support a range of community groups, local authorities, town and parish councils, and voluntary sector organisations to take action on energy.This is a job for an individual with excellent organisational... Read more

Our response to proposed changes to the planning policy framework

25 March 2021

The Centre for Sustainable Energy and Town & Country Planning Association have led a coalition* that has submitted a joint response to the government's consultation on changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).You can read our submission here.The central plank of our response is that the proposed changes to the NPPF... Read more

Data Hub will provide raw material for decarbonisation in Birmingham

25 March 2021

Today (25 March 2021) sees the launch of an exciting data hub - a website which makes available a range of data sets including open data on housing, travel, waste, energy and emissions.The website is easy to use, with some clever features to help with data visualisation. It's at on... Read more

Opportunity for local authorities to develop a community energy plan

24 March 2021

Community engagement is at the heart of talking the climate emergency. A two-way conversation around renewable energy development is the key to helping create a brighter future for your communities.That is why we are offering two local authorities in England the fantastic opportunity to take part in a new renewable... Read more

In the year of COP26, we should be doing better than this ...

23 March 2021

What does CSE want to see from the latest round of changes to the National Planning Policy Framework? Dan Stone was one of the authors of our response to the government consultation ...So here we are, responding to yet another government planning consultation, this time re-writes to the National Planning Policy... Read more

New funding opportunities!

17 March 2021

We have a few new and exciting funding opportunities that may be able to support your community project or group. Take a look to see which you might be eligible to apply for...We also keep a list of established funding opportunities in the funding list on our Local Energy site.... Read more

Community carbon footprint tool launched

4 March 2021

Impact, the community-scale carbon footprint tool, was launched on 26 February.Click here to go to the Impact website: aim of Impact is to give small communities (parishes and towns) usable data on their carbon emissions that is easy to understand, easy to share, and which gives them a clear idea... Read more

Innovation Lab community energy webinar series - thermal-imaging

25 February 2021

The next in our monthly series of Innovation Lab webinars on community energy is on Wednesday, 24 March (10.30-12.00). Jamie Hanlon & Mike Andrews of Bristol's not-for-profit CIC The C.H.E.E.S.E. Project will talk about using thermal-imaging to reduce domestic energy losses. Homes are photographed with theral-imaging camerals and surveys produced for the householder that identify where... Read more

Funding opportunities!

24 February 2021

We have a few funding opportunities to share! If your community group or project is in need of some financial support, read on for further details. We also keep a list of established funding opportunities in the funding list on our Local Energy site. If you haven't already, do take a... Read more

Peer support for community groups with bright ideas for energy innovation...

22 February 2021

Community energy groups across England can benefit from a new peer support programme, launched today (22 February 2021) to help develop new and innovative business models.The Next Generation Community Energy Peer Mentoring programme aims to harness the skills, enthusiasm and expertise of the community energy sector. Funded by the independent trust Power... Read more

Enabling a high renewable, net zero electricity system: BEIS call for evidence

21 February 2021

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has put out a call for evidence around the future deployment of renewable energy technologies in the UK.Significant levels of renewable rollout are needed to achieve the UK's current net-zero targets. Ensuring the right policy framework is in place to support... Read more

Powering Up - Reflections on partnership work in creating local energy action

19 February 2021

Our Powering Up project has been exploring ways to kick-start and support community-led energy action in lower income communities.In our last blog entry, we described how the project had to adapt during the pandemic, and spoke about setting up an Energy Champion initiative across Swindon. This has gone well and we’re hopeful... Read more

Extension of the Energy in Schools project

13 February 2021

CSE is working with Lancaster University under the leadership of Samsung to create an innovative energy management platform for schools – with pupils and teachers involved at every level. The platform uses a unique combination of state of the art smart technology to give an in-depth view of how schools... Read more

Power Partners funds fuel poverty organisations in wake of Covid-19

9 February 2021

CSE is delighted to announce that nine fantastic organisations have been awarded a total of £175,760 of funding through Round 4 of the Power Partners scheme.The Power Partners community investment fund comes from UK Power Networks, the company that owns and maintains electricity infrastructure in the South East, East of... Read more

Consultation for VCSE organisations in the North East on community energy

25 January 2021

CSE have recently launched an 'energise your community' consultation on behalf of the Local Enterprise Partnership and local authorities in the North East of England.In particular, we're interested to understand how they can better support the VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) sector in the North East to tackle climate... Read more

Green Influencers scheme: opportunities for young people in Bristol

22 January 2021

“Together and united, we are unstoppable.”Greta Thunberg.Green Influencers will inspire young people in the Bristol area to follow in Greta Thunberg's footsteps, creating the future they want to live in. The project designed to empower young people to run social action projects in communities across England.Through the initiative, CSE has received... Read more

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