Next network open meeting!


Since the launch of Bristol’s very own Community Energy Strategy Manchester community energy groups have been inspired to to develop their own strategy. The Department for Energy and Climate Change has now launched the national community energy strategy which BEN features on page 48.

Our next BEN meeting will explore the national strategy and how it fits in locally with Bristol. We will be setting up working groups to take up different aspect of the strategy to develop an action plan, watch this space for more announcements on this and let us know if you’re group would like to lead on a specific action.

At its heart a vision for “a city where everyone has access to sufficient affordable low-carbon energy for their needs; where wise and innovative use of energy empowers citizens and enhances the economy, with active communities across the city generating and managing a significant amount of their energy need.”

You can see the strategy here:


Agenda items

  • The national community energy strategy: what it says, what it means for local groups and organisations, how it links with the Bristol Community Strategy for Energy – Rachel Coxcoon, CSE
  • Local energy developments – information on the new Home Energy Upgrade ECO insulation offer, and development of a Bristol wide Community Energy app with Bristol University
  • Skills sharing – looking at helping people in your community to switch tariff: resources, training, and a local example from Easton Energy Group
  • Member updates – your chance to update the network on your activities and events
  • Grants, funding, free resources – round up of what’s out there
  • Training & events – what’s coming up in the next couple of months?
  • BEN updates – updates on legal structure, membership etc
  • Bristol Green Capital Partnership – energy action group feedback
  • Big Green Week & Date and agenda for next meeting


Any BEN members wanting to run a session as part of the NEXT event please contact