Innovation in community-led energy efficiency

Innovation in community-led energy efficiency
Wed 1st March, 12:00-17:00 Stephens Scown LLP, Southernhay West, Exeter, EX1 1AS

A peer networking event for community energy groups jointly organised by Exeter Community Energy and Regen SW, and sponsored by Stephens Scown.

This is an opportunity to learn about innovative energy efficiency projects being carried out by community energy groups, and find out about the challenges they faced and embraced. Following presentations from three pioneering speakers there will be plenty of time for questions, to share experiences of energy saving projects and develop conversations to deepen our understanding of how community energy groups can expand their services to fill the existing gap following the demise of the Green Deal and waiting to see the shape of ECO 3.

This will be followed by an interactive peer networking session, where we will explore roles of groups in the local energy network, online networking options, how often, where and when you all want to meet in future, as well as the skills you are happy to share with others in the network.


12.00 Introductions

12.10 The Challenges and opportunities of whole house retrofit – on-the-ground lessons from Manchester, Jonathon Atkinson, Carbon Coop

13.00 Lunch and networking

14.00 PEC’s Energy Team and services to fuel poor households’, Jen Coles, Plymouth Energy Community

14.50 Community ESCO’s, Kayla Ente, Brighton and Hove Energy Services Coop

15.40 Break

16.10 Community energy peer networking workshop, Jodie Giles, Regen

17:00 End

Kayla Ente, BHESCo’s founder, will speak about the challenges the co-operative has experienced in the last two years operating a community owned energy services provider. Government regulation, including the privatisation of the energy market, has brought more inequity instead of creating an affordable energy supply. The focus on Brexit for the foreseeable future presents an opportunity for community energy groups to offer a complete portfolio of energy services to the public, promoting a fairer and more humanistic, local energy supply.

Jen Coles, project developer, will speak about PEC’s Energy Team’s evolution from providing a series of standalone services which tackles specific issues, to a much more holistic, bespoke service according to individual need. We have learnt along the way that fuel poverty cannot be understood without looking at the wider context of people’s circumstances, particularly around health and housing. By offering holistic support from case workers with a wider skillset we can create longer term improvements in wellbeing.

Jonathan Atkinson, project manager will talk about the lessons from Carbon Coop’s energy services in Manchester focusing on whole house retrofit services and their Community Green Deal project. The role of membership, the motivations of householders, the technical approach used and a review of performance data from the project will all be examined.

This event is free for community energy groups and Regen members, £125+vat for anyone else. To book a place, follow this link