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

Bristol Green Doors looking for directors to support new phase

Since 2010, Bristol Green Doors has delivered an amazing programme of citywide events featuring Bristol’s best energy efficient super-homes, inspiring thousands of householders. The project has involved over 500 volunteers and countless volunteer hours. Given the national energy efficiency and retrofit picture, BGD directors feel the organisation should either close or go into a hibernation … Continued

Vienna: Social Innovations in Smart Cities

Bristol Energy Network attended a workshop February 2017 to explore bottom up approaches in tackling fuel poverty and the rebound effect. By Dave Tudgey Tobias Rogalli, from the Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development, kindly invited Bristol Energy Network (BEN) to take part in a workshop in Vienna, Austria to discuss social innovations to reduce energy … Continued

Easton Energy Group trip to Brussels

By Zoe Banks Gross Representing Easton Energy Group, I was honoured to be included in a delegation of community energy representatives visiting MEP for the South West Molly Scott Cato in Brussels in early December.  Jodie from Regen SW and Jen from Plymouth Energy Community organised the trip alongside Harriet who is a Researcher at … Continued

Community Powered Change – Making Decisions that make a Difference

By Osian Rees On Saturday 19th November, Bristol Energy Network hosted a workshop facilitated by Jose Barco, Fausto Peña and Kat Wall of Community CoLab. The workshop was titled “Community Powered Change: Making decisions that make a Difference”. The workshop was attented by a vast diversity of people representing organisations that spanned from campaigning for … Continued

Nexus between community and municipal power in Bristol’s quest for energy democracy

By Emilia Melville Bristol is the largest city in the south-west of the United Kingdom. It has a strong history of environmental and sustainable initiatives, and was awarded Green Capital of Europe in 2015. This award was won partly thanks to the richness of grassroots sustainability initiatives, including urban food growing projects and community energy … Continued


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