Reflections from the Bristol Forum

By Ola (Aleksandra) Michalec, UWE Bristol On the 29th March 2019, City Hall hosted the first ever (hopefully one of many!) “Bristol Forum”. The event was organised in a partnership between local universities and Bristol City Council and took a shape of a 1-day interactive conference aimed at local practitioners working on the city challenges. … Continued

Award for Bristol’s REPLICATE programme

By Hayley Ash, REPLICATE Programme Manager for Bristol City Council Bristol  has won the Smart Cities UK award 2019 for community engagement.  During the Smart Homes project, Bristol City Council and Bristol Energy Network, codesigned all aspects of the project with the local community.  This included co-designing the customer journey, contracts, marketing and the mobile … Continued

Community Energy: The Next Generation – hosted by REGEN

My thoughts on the conference by Bob Langton from Low Carbon Gordano I don’t think I’ve ever been to an event with better networking possibilities. I’m not one of the world’s natural networkers and sometimes find myself waiting for the formal sessions to start again but not today – whether it was catching someone from Western … Continued

Debate: Is Community Energy on the Edge of a New Era?

by Paul Phare, new Director for BEN, works for Energy4All This is a good question since the Government is signalling a more market led approach to renewables and the regulatory framework that has underpinned the growth of community energy over the past decade is changing. The event held on Monday 25th February launched a new … Continued

Western Power Distribution Stakeholder Workshop

by Caroline Ennion BEN was invited to the WPD Annual Stakeholder Workshop in Bristol to provide input into Western Power Distribution’s next Business Plan (RIIO-ED2), starting in 2023. WPD Stakeholder Workshop Presentations We were presented with a set of 14 priorities and, as a table, asked to rank them (high medium and low) and to devise … Continued

OFGEM’s Proposed Changes to Charging for the Network

David Saunders from Low Carbon Gordano recently attended this workshop run by REGEN and attended by OFGEM and other industry movers and shakers and sent us this: David-Saunders-Report-on-The-Future-of-Network-Charging-Forum The headline points from David’s report are: The review is a consultation on changes to the way in which OFGEM recovers the costs of the networks used to transport … Continued

Building a people-powered energy service

To kick-start our regular blogs, I have “borrowed” this from Rebecca Willis an independent researcher who focuses on environmental politics and policymaking. Rebecca convenes Green Alliance’s Climate Leadership Programme for MPs, and with Lancaster University, is conducting research into the politics of climate change in the UK.

Bristol energy bike tour

By Zoe Banks-Gross On a sunny, but cool September evening, Bristol Energy Cooperative, Easton Energy Group and Bristol Energy Network coordinated and led a renewable energy bike ride through Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston. The Bristol Cycle Festival acted as a catalyst to make the ride happen, as there had been talk of similar for some … Continued

Community Energy Conference – Where next for Community Energy?

By Matt Wood, Bioregional This year’s Community Energy Conference was held on June 24th in Manchester, with the theme “Powering Together”. For the last few years, many community energy projects (particularly solar) have struggled because of a list of multiple government policy changes and other upheavals (guess what!) longer than my arm. At one point … Continued

The UK’s Low Carbon Energy Policy: Evening Panel Discussion

By Ingrid Wadman On the 25th May, Low Carbon South West hosted a panel discussion in partnership with Smith & Williamson on potential UK energy policy to support a secure supply of low carbon energy. Amid current Brexit negotiations and the recent Metro Mayoral election, the panel discussion was intended to debate what energy industries will … Continued

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