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, who was involved and where we are now.


Damon Rand then gave a glimpse of the future in action with his talk on the award winning Owen Square Community Energy cooperative and the air-source heat pump and solar panels which supply renewable energy through a microgrid to homes and businesses in Easton.

Click here for the Owen Square Community Energy slides



This flowed perfectly into Dave Tudgey’s update on the work Bristol Energy Network have been doing to engage residents from across Easton, Ashley and Lawrence Hill with the Bristol City Council-led Replicate project.



Momentum was maintained with a presentation of the City Leap Prospectus by James Sterling from the Council’s Energy Service. The Prospectus is a call for local, national and international partnership in energy to ensure Bristol becomes carbon neutral by 2050. The Energy Service is currently inviting expressions of interest to get involved in the partnership.

Click here for City Leap sides


Ola Michalec then explored a possible new chapter for the Bristol Community Energy Strategy through the work she has conducted with focus groups looking at the perceptions and misconceptions around SMART energy.

Click here for Smart energy slides



The meeting then stopped for a quick break, with food and drink supplied by bar des amies, before breaking into 4 workshops:

  1. Next steps for your community energy group
  2. Opportunities and Threats to low carbon energy, community engagement and Smart approaches
  3. Best practice in Bristol and beyond….
  4. Bristol City Leap – how to get involved and what happens next



Next steps:

Mary-Jane is busy writing grant applications, which will build on work that has been carried out previously with BEN members, allowing BEN to continue working on what you want us to.

Expressions of interest for The City Leap are due in on 31st August 2018. James Sterling will be talking more about this at the Low Carbon South West Business Breakfast on 24th July 7.45-10am at The Future Economy Centre, 1 Temple Way, BS2 0BY, book your tickets here.

Bristol Energy Network will be hosting the Community Energy England Awards and People’s Day as part of Green Great Bristol Week on Friday 19th October 2018, supported by Bristol City Council.

If you would like to co-host the next Bristol Energy Network Open Meeting this Autumn please get in touch!,uk