BEN Open Meeting 2 March 2019

This was hosted by Ambition Lawrence Weston on Saturday 2nd March. There were some interesting presentations, great conversations and useful connections made. The presentations are here. Presentations for the event are here: 1. Engaging our community in energy by Mark Pepper from Ambition Lawrence Weston 2. City Leap by David White from Bristol Energy Service … Continued

Smart Meters – what’re they about?

This information website is run by SmartEnergyGB to explain everything you want to know about Smart Meters, what the benefits are, how you get one and how they work.   Smart Energy GB is the campaign for a smarter Britain. They are independent of government, they are not an energy supplier and nor do they fit … Continued

Warmer Safer Homes

As its Fuel Poverty Awareness Day today (15th February 2019) we thought we’d share the Warm Safe Homes guide published by the National Energy Action, the national charity who is seeking to end fuel poverty.   If you are thinking of, or already are running a Fuel Poverty campaign in your area please get in … Continued

Guides to making your home and lifestyle more energy efficient

There are lots of guides out there about making your home and lifestyle more energy efficient, we have been sent these two (listed in alphabetical order)- please send any comments about them back to us: Building Materials; Introduction to Energy Efficiency in the UK Stanmore: How to make your home more environmentally friendly  

Green & Black Ambassadors Report

The Green & Black Ambassadors project was designed to challenge the status quo and make the structures for Bristol’s environmental sustainability movement more inclusive The project was developed collaboratively by Ujima Radio, Bristol Green Capital Partnership, and the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute and Public Engagement team. It involved the training and development of new leaders … Continued

State of the Sector Report 2018

The 2018 State of the Sector Report has been put together by Community Energy England , Community Energy Wales, Scene, and sponsored by Electricity North West, Northern Powergrid and Westmill Solar Co-operative. The report shows how the community energy sector includes more than 228 organisations, reaching over 48,000 community members and has developed capacity to generate enough power to meet the annual demand … Continued

How to reclaim VAT on your building project

VAT can be claimed back on many elements of self build and conversion projects. Self build VAT expert Andrew McDonald explains how to navigate the process. How to Reclaim VAT on Your Building Project

BEN AGM Report 2018

The 2018 Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 10th December at the St Werburgh’s Community Centre. 21 people attended, representing 7 of our member groups. The meeting was presented with a review of the past year; 5 new directors were voted in and the meeting thanked the two directors who are standing down, Charlie Eddisford … Continued

BEN member Case Studies

The following case studies were put together from projects funded by the Bristol Community Energy Fund: Ambition Lawrence Weston case study Ashley Community Housing case study Awaz Utaoh case study Bristol Playbus case study CHEESE Project case study Demand Energy Equality case study Hillcrest Primary School case study Litterarti case study Rework case study Sea … Continued

Fuel Poverty chapter for the 2017-18 JSNA

Bristol Energy Network has been working with other partners to put together the first ever chapter on Fuel Poverty for the Joint Strategic Needs Assessement, see document below. A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) looks at the current and future health and care needs of local populations to inform and guide the planning and commissioning … Continued


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