By Lottie Leigh-Browne Electricity from renewables such as solar or wind power known as ‘green energy’ is becoming favoured as people become more aware of their energy sources. This increasing demand puts pressure on companies to produce ‘green energy’. But how do we know whether our electricity is from a renewable source? Renewable Energy Guarantee … Continued
Bristol Energy Network (BEN) has developed this toolkit for community groups and local authorities to help them understand each other better and to provide ideas for how to work together and harness the power of local energy. It draws on our experience in Bristol of developing community energy by and for communities, and on our … Continued
Follow this useful guide to understanding where your energy is used at home, how much an average home uses PLUS step-by-step instructions on switching your energy supplier.
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
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
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
Check out this article in the Guardian, it is a brief overview of community energy and introduction to Bristol projects which hits the spot nicely! And another in the Financial Times about the Owen Square Community Energy project, but you have to be a subscriber to view it.
This article, written by Jonas Torrens, explores why a variety of energy related activity might be flourishing within Bristol as opposed to elsewhere. A fascinating summary about the history of Community Energy in Bristol and an opportunity to spot the contributions of your peers, but be warned, its not for the faint-hearted!