UCEF advice at Community Heat Conference

Information on developing community heat projects

24 February 2015

CSE will be attending the Community Heat Conference (10 March, Birmingham) to promote the Urban Community Energy Fund (UCEF) that we are administering in partnership with Pure Leapfrog, and encourage applications for government finance for ambitious community renewable energy projects.

Rachel Coxcoon, CSE's project manager for UCEF, is advising at the event. “This is a chance for community groups to get an idea of the sorts of projects that are eligible for UCEF funding. We can also help groups who are in the process of applyling and need more focused support.

The conference is being hosted by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, in association with the Welsh Assembly Government, Forestry Commission, Community Energy England and Regen SW. It is a free event for the public sector and community groups in England and Wales on developing small scale local community heat projects.

The venue is Birmingham's Town Hall (below).

Attendees will hear reports on the progress of heat actions in the UK’s first Community Energy Strategy, including the Forestry Commission’s new Community biomass guidance. This discusses wood as a fuel, woodfuel supply chains and funding opportunities.

The conference will offer:

  • sessions on finding finance and break-out working groups on the community heat toolkit
  • networking for those interested in developing community heat projects
  • information on process, technical issues, finance and technologies
  • information on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), Rural and Urban Community Energy Funds (England) and ‘Ynnir Fro’ Welsh Government support programme for community energy
  • advice on assessing local woodfuel supply chains

Birmingham Town Hall | 10 March | visit the event website to book

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