BEN Virtual Open Meeting June 2020

Host: Hartcliffe and Withywood Community Partnership Theme: Community Buildings 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 watch … Continued

BEN Open Meeting September 2019

Host: Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Energy Group Theme: Retrofitting for energy efficiency Food from Falafel King   Please see the presentations and workshop outputs below. Presentations: Welcome to the BCR Energy Group FutureProof: Retrofitting for Energy PREP (Private Rental Energy Project) to improve rental properties with EPC rating F & G       WORKSHOP  – how to … Continued

BEN Open Meeting 19 June 2019

Host:Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust Theme: solar power for the city for the future   Please see the presentations and workshop outputs below.   Presentations: Link to the Lockleaze Community Plan from Suzanne Wilson Lockleaze Solar Rooftop Farm by David Saunders Bristol Solar Map by Thomas Statham & Lenka Hašová BEG Solar auction by Matt Wood Link to the One City … Continued

BEN Open Meeting 2 March 2019

This was hosted by Ambition Lawrence Weston on Saturday 2nd March. There were some interesting presentations, great conversations and useful connections made. The presentations are here. Presentations for the event are here: 1. Engaging our community in energy by Mark Pepper from Ambition Lawrence Weston 2. City Leap by David White from Bristol Energy Service … Continued

BEN AGM Report 2018

The 2018 Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 10th December at the St Werburgh’s Community Centre. 21 people attended, representing 7 of our member groups. The meeting was presented with a review of the past year; 5 new directors were voted in and the meeting thanked the two directors who are standing down, Charlie Eddisford … Continued

BEN Open Meeting July 2018 – review

Celebrating 5 years of the Bristol Community Strategy for Energy 40 people turned up during Community Energy Fortnight on a sweltering World-Cup qualifying match day in July, phew! Iris Partridge, our host at Easton Community Centre, started with an overview of the Bristol Community Strategy for Energy – how it came about 5 years ago, … Continued

BEN Open Meeting April 2018 – review

            Held at the SouthBank Centre in Dean Lane on the 17th April we started with an update about the fantastic work of our co-hosts Bedminster Energy Group, including their MakeYourHomeEco Summer workshops. Next, we carried out an asset mapping activity of Bristol to encourage people to think more widely and look … Continued

4 Oct 2017: What does community energy need to thrive?

On 4 October 2017 we met at FaithSpace in Redcliffe to talk about what community energy needs to thrive, including what resources we need and what policies are relevant locally. The discussion was in the context of the 5-year anniversary of the Community Strategy for Energy, which is coming up next year. We wanted to start thinking … Continued

25 Jan 2017: Setting the Scene for 2017

On 25 January we kicked off the year with our event ‘Bristol community energy: Setting the scene for 2017’. The meeting was attended by around 25 members and friends old and new, including Bristol Energy Co-operative, Friends of the Earth Bristol, North Bristol Advice Centre and Groundwork. In the first part of the meeting everyone shared their … Continued

Notes 6 July 2016

We held our BEN open meeting in Lockleaze on 6 July, titled Putting Communities at the Heart of Bristol’s Energy System. Read the meeting notes: 6 July 2016 notes Putting Communities at the Heart of Bristol


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