What is COP26?

Our next open meeting is on COP26. You might be wondering what is COP26? Here is some background. Guest blog by Judith Sluglett Every year, Covid permitting, large numbers of countries meet together to discuss climate change.  This year the 26th meeting will take place in Glasgow in November and is called COP26 hosted by … Continued

BEN Asks – Candidate responses

We believe community energy will play a big role in decarbonising Bristol. We have written 10 questions for the Bristol City Council and West of England Combined Authority mayoral candidates to make sure these issues are being discussed. It’s worked! After contacting the offices of all candidates, we’ve had full replies from Jerome Thomas (WECA, … Continued

Nicola’s story – Emergency Covid Winter Fund

Back in January a crowdfunder was started across Bristol, raising money to support people effected by Covid-19 in paying their fuel bills. A total of £19,740 was raised and split equally between five community centres to cover the whole of the Bristol area. Baggator, an organisation helping local people have a voice, was nominated to … Continued

Build Back Better

Blog by Jazz Chandler What we do next could change everything “We have a chance to reset the clock and build back better than before” asserts the elegantly named campaign, Build Back Better. With a name so globally appealing, it’s seen traditionally adversarial organisations suddenly using the same language- who’d have thought the Government’s latest … Continued

Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into community energy

BEN has worked with CSE to write a joint response to the UK Government’s Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into how community energy can contribute to the energy transition and how the government should support it. You can download our joint response here

BEN Asks

Local mayoral hustings and elections are fast approaching. There is no time to waste if you want to have your voice heard and contribute to the city of Bristol and West of England Combined Authorities (WECAs) future narrative of a sustainable green future. The deadline to register to vote in the May 2021 local elections … Continued

Writing a Policy Consultation Response: A How To.

By: Rhianna Murgatroyd and Grace Spalton-Woods We are two students in our second year of a Social Policy (BSc) degree at the university of Bristol, who chose to complete a work placement as part of our degree programme. We were very kindly taken on by Bristol Energy Network (BEN) in order to gain further experience … Continued

AGM 2020

On the 4th of November 2020, the Bristol Energy Network held its Annual General Meeting online (you can watch on youtube if you missed it!), in which all those involved with BEN were able to reflect on the year’s events and what to look forward to in the coming years. You can download the Directors … Continued

Green Homes Grant

In September, the Government launched the Green Homes Grant. We held an open meeting focusing on this on Tuesday 6th October. You can watch the recording of the meeting on youtube. This blog is by Will Houghton of Bristol Energy Co-operative. What is the Green Homes Grant? The Green Homes Grant offers up to £10,000 … Continued

Re-energising community buildings

Bristol Energy Network Virtual Open Meeting – 25th June 2020 Hartcliffe and Withywood Community Partnership (HWCP) co-hosted our second online Open Meeting, where we explored how community buildings can generate their own more sustainable energy and better manage their energy generation and consumption. Caroline Bird, Chair of the BEN Board, chaired the meeting.  You can … Continued


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