Community Energy Fortnight – 3rd – 18th Sep 2016
This year will see the fourth Community Energy Fortnight, which will run from the 3rd to 18th September 2016, and is once again supported by The Co-operative Energy.
The Fortnight will continue to showcase inspiring examples of communities who are sharing their resources and generating renewable energy and wasting less – embracing technologies as diverse as solar-PV arrays, wind turbines, hydro-electricity and biomass heat.
Community energy in the UK has never been more successful, vibrant or necessary – with 2016 seeing record levels of deployment and the sector finally beginning to make a real impact at scale. However, current initiatives have been possible through financial support models, such as the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) subsidy and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) tax relief regimes, which have now been withdrawn for future projects.
This means that by 2018 the community energy sector will need to have developed radically new models of operation if it is to continue moving forward and develop at scale.
This year’s Community Energy Fortnight, Powering Forward, will therefore not only celebrate successful current projects, but also bring discussion and explore options for development of new models to face the challenges ahead. The Fortnight will be the most relevant and important yet.
Ramsay Dunning, Managing Director of Co-operative Energy commented:
“Community Energy projects have a unique ability to drive change and empower citizens, which is why we are so keen to support the Fortnight and see it go from strength to strength. The UK has become a hotbed of community energy innovation and we need to see this continue. At Co-operative Energy we are proud that the number of active energy supply agreements we have with community energy generators increased from nine to thirteen last year. Our customers can pair their supply with these and other renewables projects via our User Chooser facility, which recently beat off over three hundred entries from across Europe to win the EU Renewable Energy Award.”
This year’s events will be under four themes that explore current topical issues facing community energy:
· Exploring new approaches – new business models for community energy?
· Stories from abroad – inspiration from other countries
· Seeing and celebrating – showcasing successful projects and initiatives
· Powering up – training, skills-building, learning events and workshops
To keep updated, please sign up to our newsletter. All the events happening during Community Energy Fortnight 2016 will be announced on our event page. You can also follow#CEF16 on Twitter @CEFortnight.
If you’re interested in getting involved and running an event, or would like to know more information, please contact us here.