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Power Partners: Second round of funding launches

24 June 2019

UK Power Networks launch the second round of funding for community organisations this community energy fortnight

Not-for-profit organisations and community groups are once again invited to apply for sums of between £2,000 and £20,000 for initiatives that combat fuel poverty, improve the energy efficiency of community spaces or support people in vulnerable circumstances by increasing energy resilience.After a successful first round launched in January 2019, Power... Read more

Start small to power up ...

16 May 2019

Ellie Stevens reflects on how offering an easy-entry, hands-on activity – like turning old tights into draught excluders – makes community energy more accessible ...When we last reflected on progress so far in Powering Up!, we were just getting started in our efforts to spark the interest of the three communities in... Read more

Grants of up to £4,000 available for energy saving measures in community buildings

10 May 2019

Thrive Renewables has launched round 4 of its Community Benefit Programme. A total of around £30,000 will be available for local groups in eligible areas to apply for grants of up to £4,000 for energy efficiency improvements to community buildings and get some free expert advice for zero-cost solutions.The scheme... Read more

New wind-energy ownership model

10 May 2019

It was recently reported that Britain went through its longest coal-free period since the Industrial Revolution. Despite this good news, our energy mix still relies heavily on gas and the UK government, with its removal of subsidies to support new renewable energy projects, is not doing the best it can to make... Read more

CEE urges suppliers to support community energy after FiT closure

10 May 2019

In the aftermath of the feed-in tariff closure, Community Energy England (CEE) has called for ‘suitable’ tariffs to be offered to community energy by suppliers.Co-op Energy has been named by CEE as an example for other energy suppliers to follow. Chief Executive, Emma Bridge, said she welcomed Co-op Energy’s announcement... Read more

Fund to help communities shift towards zero carbon approved

10 May 2019

South Cambridgeshire council has approved plans for a new grant fund to be established to help community groups in the district shift towards a zero-carbon future.The new Zero Carbon Communities grant scheme will provide grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 for local groups to spend on ambitious projects that reduce carbon... Read more

16 not-for-profit organisations share £250,000 funding pot

23 April 2019

Sixteen not-for-profit organisations and community groups have been awarded a total of £250,000 for initiatives that combat fuel poverty, improve the energy efficiency of community spaces or support people in vulnerable circumstances.The payments have been distributed by CSE through Power Partners, a community investment fund from UK Power Networks, the company... Read more

Local energy in a post-FIT world

15 April 2019

With the removal of the Feed-in-Tariff at the start of this month, how will small-scale and community-scale renewable projects survive in a world without this subsidy that has previously guaranteed payments to around 900,000 generators?An article in Environment Journal by Will Vooght (@willyvanvooght) looks into the potential for a Smart Export... Read more

Solar project completed in Hastings

12 April 2019

Solar panels have been installed on a roof of the Ore campus of East Sussex College in Hastings. The project will generate 237,500 kWh of energy a year, enough to power 72% of the college’s electricity demand.The impressive array was funded by community shares from local residents and is set to... Read more

‘Smart energy’ grid project launched on Orkney

9 April 2019

A UK government funded project has been launched on  Orkney to create a “smart energy” scheme using domestic batteries and electric vehicles to meet supply with demand and balance out the local network.Orkney has been chosen as a “test bed for the energy system of the future” due to the... Read more

Getting smart with the OpenLV data

20 March 2019

One of the community energy groups currently participating in OpenLV are seeking to develop a smartphone app that will allow people connected to certain substations around Topsham, Devon to view local electricity consumption in real time - along with the amount of power being generated locally by renewables and the cost of electricity... Read more

Five community groups enter New Generation ’research and development phase’

18 March 2019

Five community groups have been shortlisted to go forward to the preliminary research and development phase of Next Generation, our multi-partner project designed to create a step change in the development of genuinely sustainable, financially viable and innovative community businesses.For details, see the story on our main website.  Read more

Free 1-day conference - ’Planning for clean energy and a low carbon economy’

15 February 2019

CSE and Lancashire Enterprise Partnership are hosting a free 1-day conference in Preston on 15 March that will bring together business, local government and community groups to explore ways to accelerate the clean energy and low carbon economy transition in Lancashire and beyond.The conference runs over two sessions with the morning being... Read more

New community energy co-op for Kensington and Chelsea

1 February 2019

A warm welcome from CSE's local energy team to North Kensington Community Energy, the first community-owned energy enterprise in Kensington and Chelsea in southwest London!The group's first initiative – subject to a successful share offer – will be installing solar panels on two primary schools and the Dalgarno Trust, a... Read more

Greater Manchester Green Summit, 21 March 2019

31 January 2019

A panel of expert environmental minds and members of the public will come together to share ideas and views on how to make Greater Manchester one of the leading green cities in the UK at a summit in March.Topics under discussion will include changing the way we use and generate energy... Read more

Funding opportunities ...

28 January 2019

A couple of funding opportunities have come to our attention.The first is from the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation who are offering grant funding for projects improving community centres and village halls in deprived urban and rural areas. They are interested in projects bringing back disused buildings into full community use, in... Read more