The Energy Transition: Top Down v. Grassroots

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DATE: 19th October 2018

TIME: 12.30 – 5pm

Venue: The Arnolfini, Bristol, BS1 4QA


As part of People’s Day of Green Great Britain week, Bristol Energy Network and Bristol City Council Energy Service will be hosting an afternoon here in Bristol. The conference will explore how taking control of energy has helped communities respond to local challenges and deliver social and economic benefits to their neighbourhoods. 10 years on from the Climate Change Act, we will focus on how communities, organisations and local authorities can work together more effectively to tackle fuel poverty and climate change.

Check out the AGENDA here.

We are delighted to host a range of speakers to showcase the best community and local energy case studies in the South-West. These will demonstrate how local municipal and political engagement and community energy expertise has combined with the mobilisation of local assets to create the engagement structures and governance needed for community-controlled energy projects to tackle climate change and increase understanding of low carbon energy transitions. Speakers confirmed so far:

  • Patrick Allcorn (Dept for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy)
  • Hayley Ash (Bristol City Council Innovations Team)
  • Polly Billington (UK100)
  • Peter Capener (Bath & West Community Energy)
  • Rachel Coxcoon (Centre for Sustainable Energy)
  • Jodie Giles (REGEN SW)
  • Paul Hassan (Locality)
  • Lorna Edwards (Bristol City Council Energy Service)
  • Alistair Macpherson (Plymouth Energy Company)
  • Simon Proctor (Bristol Energy Ltd)
  • David Tudgey (our very own!)
  • Will Walker (Power to Change)

For more information about our SPEAKERS click here.

In addition, Claire Perry MP, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, will be joining us at 3pm.


Who is the event for? This is for you if you have an interest in social and economic resilience, health and wellbeing, poverty or community energy; whether you are from a community organisation, local authority, energy company; a local, regional or national NGO, or if you are a funding organisation.

So please sign up to reserve your place. Tickets are limited and are being offered on a first come first serve basis, so get registering!

This event will be followed, at the same venue, by the annual Community Energy England Awards hosted by Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales. Book here for tickets to this inspiring get-together.

This event is jointly hosted by Bristol City Council and Bristol Energy Network; sponsored by Power to ChangeBristol Energy Ltd and supported by Community Energy England and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).



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