2018 Highlights

The Community Energy Afternoon of Big Ideas! 

On Monday 26th March we held the first of three Community Energy Conferences in 2018. We were proud to be partnering with Community Energy England and, for the first time, Pure Leapfrog.

There has never been a more pressing need for community energy to think out of the box if it’s to continue to grow. The afternoon of big ideas explored how this might happen. We'll explored the amazing progress of district-heat coops in Denmark (which are now progressing at a street-by-street level), explored the continued growth of Co-op Energy and the relaunch of our new Community Energy Strategy, and threw in an expert exploration of how finance can play its part in a post-subsidy world.

Due to high demand the event was sold out, which made for a wonderful day full of engaging conversation. Photographs and presentation from the day will be uploaded here after the event.

What happened on the day? 

12:30 - 13:30 Registration and light lunch

13:00 - 13:05 Welcome - Steve McNam, Simmons & Simmons

13:05 - 13:10 Intro to afternoon - Mark Bilsborough, Co-op Energy

13:10 - 13:25 Co-op Energy Community Energy Strategy launch - David Bird, Co-op Energy

13:25 - 13:40 Big questions about the future of community energy - Emma Bridge, Community Energy England

13.40 – 14:20 District heating cooperatives – examples from Denmark - Rie Krabsen and Erik Christiansen, EBO Consult A/S

14.20 – 15:00 Marketing and engagement – examples of how to convert homeowners from natural gas or oil into district heating - Rie Krabsen and Erik Christiansen, EBO Consult A/S

15:00 – 15:20 Break

15.20 – 16:05 Community energy finance panel - tips and traps from the finance field and where to next? - Claire Hanratty, Pure Leapfrog

Panel includes:

  • Chris Matthews - Leapfrog Finance
  • Louisa Cilenti - Lux nova
  • Jamie Davidson - Johnston Carmichael
  • Jake Burnyeat - Communities for Renewables

16:05 – 16:50 Big Ideas session

16:50 – 17:00 Wrap up - Mark Billsborough, Co-op Energy

17:00 Close

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