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Community Energy Fortnight 2016

Posted on 24 June 2016

Community Energy                                             

We’re proud to announce that we’ll again be sponsoring the Community Energy Fortnight, running from 3rd to 18th September 2016, with events taking place across the UK, including our fourth Community Energy Conference.

Community Energy Fortnight 2016

The Fortnight is UK-wide and gives the public the chance to visit established community projects in their local area, all of which are actively engaged in generating and/or saving energy for the benefit of local people.  From visits to wind farms and solar parks to energy efficiency workshops, the events will bring community energy to life and give people up and down the country the chance to see how they can get involved in this new and exciting sector.

Playing our part in community energy

Co-operative Energy actively looks to work with and support independent sustainable power generation sites through the setup ofPower Purchase Agreements (PPAs).

PPAs are contracts we enter into with renewable generators to purchase their electricity. A PPA gives the generator access to market for the energy they produce, which is why it’s particularly important that we offer PPAs to communities who have built their own solar and wind sites. A good example of communities purchasing the energy produced by local generators can be seen in our Eneco partnership. Eneco UK generate electricity through wind farms located in the Scottish Highlands. Our Eneco tariff offers customer in the Aberdeen and Inverness areas the option purchasing their energy from the generators right on their door step.

We currently purchase electricity from 14 generation sites including other cooperatives, for example, Small Wind Co-op and Westmill Wind Co-op. We do of course, also purchase electricity from some larger sites. The largest of these is a 10MW windfarm in Cambridgeshire which generates enough electricity to supply 10,740* homes.

We are always exploring the options of new PPAs. For a full up-to-date list of the agreements we currently have in place, visit: www.cooperativeenergyhub.co.uk.

Community Energy Conference 2016

UK community energy has never been more successful, vibrant or relevant and there has never been a more important time to get involved!

Following the success of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 national events, we are pleased to announce the Community Energy Conference 2016.

This year’s conference – entitled ‘Powering Forward - rebooting the UK's community energy sector’ -will explore:

•             The options for new models of community energy

•             How the crowd-sourcing of finance will change

•             The opportunities provided by demand management and storage

•             Lessons from around Europe

Register now to avoid disappointment

The event will be FREE to attend (including lunch and refreshments) to ensure that as many communities as possible can enjoy access to an unparalleled range of speakers and interactive sessions.

Sign up to reserve your space at what will not only be a truly fantastic and inspirational event, but a celebration of our business’ success.

Community Energy Fortnight 2016 events

Further details about this year’s Energy Fortnight and how you can get involved will be released soon, including details of how you can register for events. Check back to the official Community Energy Fortnight website for all you need to know: www.ukcec.org.

*Based on exported generation from April 1st 2015 to March 31st 2016 and Ofgem’s average domestic electricity consumption figure of 3,100 kWh per household per year.

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