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Co-operative Energy Highlights Winds of Change with First Ever Community Energy Conference

Posted on 22 August 2013

Ethical energy provider Co-operative Energy is to stage its first ever community energy event less than two and a half years after its arrival on the UK consumer market. The event, which takes place on Saturday 19 October at The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, has the support of some of the UK’s leading community energy pioneers and brings together for the first time a panel of leading speakers from across the energy industry to share valuable knowledge and expertise. The event is in response to the rapid growth across the UK of community-owned renewable energy schemes which are helping to unite communities and make renewable energy accessible and affordable. Successful schemes range from hydro electricity projects, crowd-funded windfarms and solar panels on the rooftops of homes and community buildings. Speakers include Dr Jim Robinson from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Nigel Cornwall of Cornwall Energy, Agamemnon Otero of Repowering London and Bruce Davis of Abundance Generation.

Tom Hoines, Renewables Manager at Co-operative Energy said: “We are working very closely with specialists across the industry to support and embrace the movement towards community energy. “Through this event we want to demonstrate that by putting strong networks in place, community energy groups can have access to the support they need to get their renewable energy projects off the ground. From initial planning, financing and technology selection to launching ownership models and ensuring the local community really benefits, we’ve assembled a leading team of industry experts who can show how a community approach to energy is essential for environmental reasons as well as economic ones – allowing consumers to have easy access to renewable forms of energy and making it cost effective.” Launched in 2011, Co-operative Energy is wholly owned by The Midcounties Co-operative, a consumer co-operative society entirely owned by its members.

Co-operative Energy is committed to lowering carbon emissions and purchases much of its energy from renewable sources. Co-operative Energy is fully committed to playing its part in tackling climate change and successfully sourced one hundred per cent of its electricity from renewable generators in its first year of operation. It continues to source energy from a range of different types of renewable energy generators, including community-owned wind farms at Harlock Hill in Cumbria, Westmill in Oxfordshire and Great Dunkilns in the Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire. The full list of confirmed speakers includes: • Andrew Clarke, The Resilience Centre & Great Dunkilns Wind Farm • Agamemnon Otero, Repowering London • Clare Hierons, Pure + Leapfrog • John Malone, Energy4All • Jon Halle, Shareenergy • Bruce Davis, Abundance Generation • Dr. Jim Robinson, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) • Nigel Cornwall, Cornwall Energy • Rebecca Willis, independent researcher/adviser on environment and sustainability Cost of attendance at the one day conference is £65 per delegate. Further information can be obtained by emailing community.energy@cooperativeenergy.coop

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