Community Energy 2016 – What Now?

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This event will explore the latest challenges and opportunities for community energy in Cumbria. Following a number of policy changes in energy this is an ideal opportunity to inform and encourage communities, local authorities and community energy practitioners to continue taking action on energy.

The event will look at the continuing potential for renewable energy, and beyond this to energy management in homes and communities and how projects can be funded.

There will also be an exhibition of local suppliers and community groups.

9.30              Registration; tea & coffee available

10.00           Introduction – Emma Greenshaw, Cumbria Action for Sustainability

10.15             Community Energy – making it happen – Paul Allen, Project Co-ordinator, Zero Carbon Britain

10.40            Renewable Energy – what now for FiTs? Gill Fenna, Quantum Strategy & Technology Ltd

11.00             Refreshments

11.15             Power to the People – Mike Taylor, Electricity Northwest

11.30             Save Your Energy – tariffs, suppliers & reducing use – Frankie O’Keefe, Big Energy Saving Network

11.45             Discussion – challenges and opportunities

12.15             Lunch

13.00-14.00             Inspiration and funding solutions – share your project stories and hear from others, including:

Crowdfunding – Wigton Baths Trust (regional winner of the M&S Community Energy Fund)

Community Share Schemes – Community Energy Cumbria & Burneside Community Energy, Phil Davies

Rural Community Energy Fund – Nenthead Hydro Scheme, Roe Baker

14.00            Sum up & close


Places are free of charge but must be booked in advance or by calling 01768 210276

The event has been organised as part of CAfS’ Big Lottery-funded Sustain Eden programme.