More News and Events (Feb)

More News and Events (Feb)

There’s lots going on so here’s a sample.

Keeping Warm in Winter

Thurs 23rd Feb 9.30 to 13.00 Exeter Community Centre, 17, St Davids Hill, Exeter, EX4 3RG

An NEA community action on fuel poverty workshop. It introduces their new community action fuel poverty website set up to help community groups to plan, develop and deliver their own fuel poverty activities to help people most in need. Download the poster.

Doing it ourselves: Forum for a New Local Economy

March 4th, 9:45 am – 4:00 pm, South West Energy Centre, Torbay

We all know we’re in a unique historical moment and amongst all of the chaos we can start making good things happen, right here, ourselves. There are exciting community-led economic solutions already making a difference across the region supporting local entrepreneurs and launching new community enterprises. This, the third convergence will be held in Torbay. We’re a collective of organisers from Totnes, Torbay, Exeter, Plymouth, Dartmoor, and North Devon. The keynote speaker is Fernanda Balata from the new economics foundation, she is the co-author and lead researcher of the Blue New Deal,

Click here for more information and to register.

Discussing Democracy

Monday March 27th, 6:30pm to 9:00pm, Exeter Community Centre, 17, St Davids Hill, Exeter, EX4 3RG

The second in a series exploring possibilities for better democracy in UK. This meeting will offer a taster of the Citizen Juries process, a method for ordinary citizens to participate in local and national decisions. For more information and to book a place contact DDE.

Smart Energy Marketplace 28th March, Sandy Park, Exeter

The largest energy event in the southwest hosted by Regen SW. Smart Energy Marketplace is a unique showcase of the emerging smart, decentralised energy system of the future – a radical shift in the way we power our lives that is creating huge opportunities.

Regen SW always offers community energy groups the opportunity to attend and exhibit at Smart Energy Marketplace at a discounted price. Ring 01392 494399 to obtain the discount code.

Exhibition and talks = £10 + VAT (down from £15 + VAT)
Conference ticket for all sessions = £25 + VAT (reduced from £200 + VAT)

Do you want to know more about the Sunshine Tariff Project?

This was a project delivered by Regen SW, WPD, Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network and Tempus Energy. The trial researched how different customers engage with a cheaper daytime tariff and how active they become in changing their consumption patterns in response to this price signal. The project aimed to resolve network capacity issues in the local area by incentivising customers to use electricity between 10am and 4pm in the summer months, which is often when solar generation is at its greatest. Find out more from the Sunshine Tariff website. (If you click on the second ‘sun’ image lower down the page on their website, there is a webinar, which explains the project. Note there is no sound for the first minute or so.)

What is the future energy scenario in Exeter and in the UK?

This question is pretty key.

  • BEIS (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and Ofgems’ request for evidence on ‘a smart flexible energy system’. You can read Regen SW’s summary and download their full response
  • The new Energy Independence 2015: Roadmap to city-scale energy independence report by City Science Corporation for Exeter City Futures was released last week. Exeter City Futures has been working with Exeter City Council for the last year with the vision of Exeter becoming energy independent and congestion free by 2025. There has been much discussion whether these are impossible goals, so take a look at their new report detailing how they might work towards these ambitious targets. ECF sees the opportunity for the region to become a demonstrator for cities around the world seeking to overcome their own energy supply challenges.
  • Take a look at Bristol Energy Co-op’s presentation in PDF format, contrasting the dolphin or dinosaur scenarios. Thanks to Andy O’Brien.