East Midlands community renewable energy workshops

Four free one-day training events will help community groups, individuals and councillors engage with local planning and low-carbon development

Project duration: October 2011 to October 2011

Communities in and around Newark, Matlock, Corby and Leicester will benefit from a series of free one-day workshops run jointly throughout October 2011 by CSE and Marches Energy Agency that will help them engage with planning and low-carbon development.

For details of dates, venues and booking process, click here.

It is hoped that, for some of these East Midlands communities, the training will be a stepping stone towards them generating their own renewable energy.

Up to 50 places are available on each workshop.

Each session will open with a keynote speaker, and will feature a range of hands-on sessions. The morning will focus on how communities can get involved in local plan making, with the afternoon looking at renewable energy technologies, climate change adaptation, community engagement, and funding issues.

Louisa Haines is the project manager for CSE.

“Quite a lot of what we’re doing will be based around CSE’s highly successful PlanLoCaL resources. These were designed particularly for communities seeking to develop renewable energy projects.

“Participants at the East Midlands events will get the chance to check out the PlanLoCaL model, a scale model of a town that is used to enliven and inform discussions on planning issues surround renewable energy installations.

“There will also be screenings of, and discussions around, selected PlanLoCaL films, which include case studies and information on how to set up renewable energy projects.”


Feedback from attendees of the first two training sessions (Newark, 7 October 2011 and Matlock, 8 October 2011)

"I have learned a lot today. It's been very interesting and will be useful."
Energy Officer, Derby City Council
   
"Great range of speakers, topics, exercises and info. Many thanks for such a rich and enjoyable day. Keep up the good work!"
Climate Change Officer, Peak District National Park Authority

"Would have taken months of research to have achieved this myself."
Attendee from Milford and Makeney community group   

"An excellent event, informative and participative and very enjoyable."
Attendee from St Andrew's Church

"The [PlanLoCal] pack will be very useful for presentation to local groups and stakeholders."
Treasurer, Transition Buxton

"Good for networking. Empowering event overall."
Student, Sheffield Hallam University


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