A Bristol Community Energy Strategy


 ‘…fair, sustainable energy for all‘ 


1st development workshop
Monday 4th March, Unitarian meeting hall, Brunswick Square, 7 – 9 pm



Unfortunately we’ve had to change location for this workshop. It will now be hosted at the Unitarian Meeting hall on Brunswick square

Here is a link to google maps. (5 minuttes walk from Hamilton house)

We’ve made this change having learned that Hamilton house are also hosting a drumming workshop the same night, so in the interest of having a productive, quiet space to use we thought it was best to move down the road. Sorry for any (however, slight) inconvinience


What are we aiming for?

A collectively developed Community Energy Strategy for Bristol, driving initiatives that will put Bristol on the map, creating Bristol’s best future and establishing ‘Bristol firsts’ in community energy and energy efficiency; the result of community projects and city-wide partnerships working effectively together.

The Background: 
Following the election of our first mayor George Fergusson and a lively debate at the BEN November open meeting individuals participating in the BEN Google group put together an initial outline version of a strategy. That document is can be found here.  We’re received feedback on this from the council, CSE and others, met with interested people and spent many a dark hour discussing it.

So how is it going to come together?
We currently aim to launch the strategy within Bristol’s Big Green Week, further details below.
To meet this deadline we suggest the strategy is developed in two rounds. Each round consisting of an open workshop followed by collective writing process. The first workshop will be held on 4th March, Hamilton House. The second workshop will held in mid April. If you can’t make the first workshop there will opportunities to feed in beforehand and  you can get involved in the writing process itself.
For now, the key question is who do you think should be there? 
The strategy will work best if all groups are represented. So please forward this email to those you think should be involved.

1st strategy development workshop
Monday 4th March*
Hamilton House, Stokes Croft
7 – 9 pm

Click here to register

* Monday evenings and Saturdays were the clear favourites for a strategy development meeting in the original poll sent out before Christmas. By holding it on a Monday we’re hoping that this is still the case with many of you!
And finally, the Launch event
In partnership with Friends of the Earth, Bristol and Bristol Solar City we are working on a plan to hold a three-day event, in a ‘Solar Pavilion’ on College Green within Big Green Week 2013. The date: Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd June. The suggestion is for the strategy to be launched alongside the Solar City Initiative on Friday morning, with support from the Mayor, DECC, businesses and of course, communities.

During the rest of the weekend, there will be time for talks and workshops, space for stalls and a solar stage.  If you were already thinking of holding a fringe event within Big Green Week or wanted to run an energy activity but weren’t sure where or how, then this could be the ideal way of linking in.

If you think this might be of interest to your group, please do drop us an email and let us know by the end of February. Big or small they are all welcome.

Email bristol.energy.network@gmail.com with the heading Big Green Week 2013 so that we can work up a plan together.

Click here to register for the 1st strategy development workshop

We’re all really excited about how this might develop and what it might lead to. We hope you can join us and that by working together we can create fair, sustainable energy for all.
All the best,
Jake Barnes, David Tudgey, Paul Adams, Mark Leach, Bridget Newbury, Caroline Bird and Julian Jones on behalf of the network