1st Strategy development workshop


On Monday 4th March we will be meeting at the Unitarian Meeting hall to discuss what goes into the UK’s first citywide community energy strategy. Are you joining the debate? Do you know someone who should be?
Sign up here if you haven’t already! 

1st strategy development workshop
?Monday 4th March,
7 – 9 pm
Unitarian meeting hall, Brunswick Square,
Note change of venue: as previously announced we’ve had to change venue due to Hamilton House also hosting a drumming workshop that evening, we are now meeting in the Unitarian meeting hall on Brunswick Square, 5 minutes walk from Stokes Croft. Here is a map.



Agenda for the night:

6:30 – Doors and food – as usual come early to catch up and grab a bite to eat,
7:00 – Intro, process & ground rules
7:10 – Guest speaker: Simon Kenton from the Low Carbon Hub, what collaboration has done for Oxfordshire – a provocative example?
7:25 – Rapid fire session: SWOT analysis
8:00 – Breakout groups: Vision and targets
8:45 – Next steps in the strategy process




Warm up questions

To aid the debate we’re asking you to spend half an hour answering five questions before the workshop on Monday. Download the questions, make notes in the document and bring with you on Monday to inform debate.
Download Warm up questions here (86 KB .doc file)
Can’t make it to the first workshop but want to contribute? 
Make sure your views are heard. Use the above question file to note your ideas and return the form to us at Bristol.energy.network@gmail.com You can also get involved in the collective writing process over the next few months. Email us if you want to be part of this.


 Warm up reading

There is a wealth of information out there that could inform the debate but its often hard to find and confusing to interpret. We suggest the follow two reports are useful to understanding the basic outline of Bristol’s community energy sector.

  • CSE (2011) Supporting Bristol’s community energy initiatives, particularly the ‘Summary and Action Plan Recommendations’, pp 21-23
  • Draft outputs from Uni of Bristol Maintaining Momentum in Community Energy, sections 5 & 6

Both documents can be found on the network website.


 Why a citywide community energy strategy?
The establishment of Bristol’s first elected mayor, rising fuel prices, the need to accelerate grassroots action to Sustainability and the acute need for creative experimentation of technologies, social practices and behaviour are but a number of reasons why now is the time to join together to create a community energy strategy for Bristol. 
A strategy by the community energy sector on the best future for the city will drive initiatives and establish yet more  ‘Bristol firsts’ in community energy and energy efficiency.