Your electricity. It’s never really been a question – choose a provider, pay your bills, job done. But what if there was another way?
The rise in energy prices and provider profit levels has taken over the headlines in recent times. But now, across the country, there’s been a rise in communities taking power generation into their own hands.
At Co-operative Energy, we support this movement and to raise awareness every autumn we sponsor The Community Energy Fortnight.
The Community Energy Fortnight
The Fortnight is an opportunity to explore and celebrate how communities across the UK are generating, owning and saving energy. It gives the public the chance to visit established community projects in their local area, all of which are actively engaged in generating and saving energy for the benefit of local people.
This year, the Fortnight included over 100 events taking place across the UK and showcased many of the leading community projects including; Westmill Wind Farm and Solar Park - the first 100% community owned onshore wind farm to be built in the south-east of England and Osney Lock Hydro – the first community owned hydro scheme on the River Thames.
Co-operative Energy - in support of community empowerment
Co-operative Energy kicked-off this year’s Community Energy Fortnight 2014 by hosting the annual Community Energy Conference (CEC). The event was supported by prominent industry figures sharing best practice and expertise.
Now in its second year, the Community Energy Conference reflects 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 wind farms and solar panels on the rooftops of homes, schools and community buildings.
Co-operative Energy is currently involved with over 30 community energy schemes and in discussions with many more.
How to get involved
In an effort to make community energy available to all, Community Energy Conference member, SCENE, have created an interactive map displaying all projects nationwide.
Click here to find out about community projects underway in your area.