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Ashden winners embrace Community Energy Fortnight
Community Energy Fortnight is back for its second year to celebrate the inspiring projects and groups that are springing up across the country and putting communities back into power.
We are proud partners of the Community Energy Coalition, even more so that so many former Ashden Award winners are involved in it. Why? Because community energy brings so many benefits: helping people take back control over their energy supply; reducing carbon emissions; increasing energy security and simply bringing people together to build stronger, more resilient communities. Need I go on?
From the Outer Hebrides to the depths of Cornwall, over 80 events have been organised between 13 - 28 September to show you how to get involved in community energy projects in your area, find out what the benefits are, or simply have a nose at what other people have done to generate or save energy.
Here are just a few of the events our winners are involved in:
Powering Our Communities: OVESCO events in Lewes and beyond
Earlier this year, the community energy company OVESCO won the 2014 Armstrong Ashden Award for Community Energy for its fantastic work spreading the community energy message across the South East of England. It continues to demonstrate its commitment to doing so with its support for a series of community energy open days across Kent and Sussex over the next couple of weeks.
The first of these is in its home town of Lewes, East Sussex, next Friday 19 September. Aimed at other local community groups, as well as local authorities, parishes and individuals, this half-day 'Powering Our Communities' conference will showcase local community energy initiatives and encourage new groups to take up community energy. You can find out about it here. We'll be there too!
OVESCO is also supporting other Powering our Communities events throughout the fortnight - all the details are on the Community Energy South website.
WREN helps Exeter decide its energy future
The Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) won the 2013 Ashden Award for Community Energy for galvanising residents of the Cornish market town to get energy-smart. On Tuesday 16 September, WREN Operations Manager Dominic Comonte will be telling the people of Exeter about the organisation's approach, which has seen the establishment of a community energy shop, a local currency and a significant uptake of renewables in the community.
After Dominic's talk there'll be an open session to talk about what Exeter can learn from Wadebridge and where it could take community energy in the future. Find out more here.
Want to know which other Ashden winners are involed in Community Energy Fortnight? Here's a quick checklist:
- Superhomes Open Days. Visit some of the UK's most energy-efficient SuperHomes who'll be opening their doors to show you how they've cut their carbon emissions by at least 60%. This is an initiative of the Sustainable Energy Academy, which has won two Ashden Awards. You can get your tickets here.
- National Trust Green Living Days. Community Energy Coalition member the National Trust is hosting a number of free 'Green Living' days throughout the month. For example on Saturday 20 September, why not head for Morden Hall Park to find out how it's producing its own clean, green energy across the park. You can also take a behind-the-scenes tour of its Achimedes Screw Turbine, which produces 59,000 kWh of electricity every year. You can find out about other open days on the National Trust website.
- BedZED low-carbon community in South London, Saturday 20 September. Ashden winner Bioregional developed the UK's first large-scale mixed-use eco village and sustainable community. Now 12 years old, it's still an inspiration for low-carbon neighbourhoods and is well worth a visit. Guided tours are being provided from 12-4pm - find out more here.
Of course there are many other organisations involved in Community Energy Fortnight, and many more things to do. From being shown how to build your own solar panels to discussing the future of energy in Europe, there's something for everyone.
So do visit the Community Energy Coalition website to find out what's happening near you - and follow @UKCEC and #CEF2014 to make sure you're up to speed with the online debate over the next two weeks.
2015 Ashden Awards: looking for community energy pioneers
While we're on the subject of community energy, it would be remiss of me not to mention our 2015 Ashden UK Awards, which are now open for entries. We're on the hunt for outstanding examples of projects that are helping communities reduce demand for energy and generate their own renewable energy - particularly through anaerobic digestion or hydro power - or participating in projects delivering demand response, energy storage or smart grids.
So a plea: if you know any community energy pioneers - or better still, if you are one yourself, please let us know! Next year we might be writing about your event.
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager. Click here to view the original blog.
26th Sept 2014