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Why Community Energy Fortnight is so important - By Emma Bridge
Community Energy Fortnight is one of our favourite times of the year as it highlights and reminds us what can be achieved when communities come together and invest in their future. This year, the theme is “powering together” as we want to celebrate the collaborative and supportive nature of the sector. Groups from across the country will be demonstrating their achievements which go far beyond the generation of clean energy. The social benefits, such as helping to alleviate fuel poverty are as important as the carbon reduction that these projects promote and Community Energy Fortnight is a fantastic opportunity to remind people of these goals. When these goals are combined, it is clear why community energy is being touted as a key solution for dealing with many of the issues faced by communities.
Last year was the first time we had a team at Community Energy England, so we tried to go to as many events as possible. We launched CEF with the Community Energy Conference and Awards. We also helped to organise The Future of Community Energy in London event, an important coming together of projects and ideas sharing day, and a solar LED community energy workshop in Sheffield with Joju Solar and Pure Leapfrog. Jon received an introduction to solar PV course at Brighton Earthship, spoke at the North East Community Energy Network event and attended an event by Islamic Foundation For Ecology and Environmental Sciences looking at making mosques greener.
Charlotte, our administration officer, had the opportunity to attend the Energy4All AGM and conference in Lancaster. Energy4all is a co-operative made up of 22 independent community energy co-operatives and the conference offered her opportunity to learn more about the way these organisations operate.
We are looking forward to an earlier summer date than usual (24 June – 9 July), which we hope will see more schools be involved and allow more opportunity for outdoor events. We are excited to join forces with the Climate Coalition’s Week of Action as this will allow us to demonstrate the value of community energy in the wider context of climate change, and bring together groups who share a similar ethos and vision.
We hope you can join us in celebrating everything that is community energy this year, either by organising an event, or by visiting events in your area, or by joining the conversation online with #CEF17.
Here’s to a great Community Energy Fortnight in 2017!