Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Information and support on energy topics, from information leaflets on cavity wall insulation, to advice on setting up a community owned wind turbine.
 
Organisations
 
This website contains lots of advice, resources and statistics regarding domestic energy concerns, and renewable energy. CSE produces a monthly community energy newsletter.
 
National organisation providing impartial advice and information on energy efficiency, renewable energy, transport and water. Comprehensive website and free phone number for advice and information. Can also provide talks, leaflets, stalls at events etc.
 
Energy4All was formed in 2002 to expand the number of renewable energy co-operatives in the UK as an integral part of our transition to a low carbon economy. Community-owned green energy is the corner stone of European renewable expertise and has worked successfully in the UK since 1996 through the award-winning Baywind Co-op.
 

Low Impact Living Initiative: A network of people and organisations providing information, training, products & services to help you live more sustainably.LILI produce fact sheets on various topics including 'nature', 'food and drink' and 'land'. 

 
NEP provides an independent body to drive forward the climate change agenda. NEP is a platform for climate change prevention partnerships, working across all sectors within Nottingham. Within this role the organisations work with partner agencies with the aim of alleviating fuel poverty and educating the public about energy efficiency, ensuring that those most in need achieve affordable warmth and a better quality of life.
 
A suite of resources including films, resource packs and a website which aim to support communities and groups that are planning for low carbon living.
Pure Leapfrog provides social investment and professional support to community energy projects in the UK. They have provided low cost loans and professional support to over 100 community energy projects. This has included the first social housing solar PV project by a community project and the first community-owned LED project.  
 
Sharenergy helps communities to set up and own renewable energy societies. You could join an existing society and make a decent return while making a difference. Or they can help you start something new.
 
Resources
 

A Toolbox Guide For Assessing the Feasibility of an Anaerobic Digestion Project Developed for the Benefit of a Community or a Single Farm: A study and toolkit commissioned by our very own local group Sustainable Youlgrave, a community group in Derbyshire. The £50K study explored the potential for developing anaerobic digestion within the farming communities of the River Bradford valley, near Bakewell. Its conclusions includes that Anaerobic Digestion – the breakdown of natural waste in the absence of air to produce methane and create energy and fuel – can be financially, environmentally and socially beneficial, potentially reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2,500 tonnes (equal to offsetting emissions from almost 230 houses). The study was commissioned by Sustainable Youlgrave and was jointly funded by the Peak District National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund, East Midlands Development Agency and the group itself.

Community Energy Website: Government-led website to help communities take up opportunities to become more energy self sufficient.

Feed-in-Tariff Newsletters: Ofgem produce regular newsletters on the uptake of Feed-in-Tariffs

High Tech Energy Advice Kit for loan from The Centre for Sustainable Energy: The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has been using Chariot, a web-based service for collecting, interpreting and displaying information about a home’s temperature, humidity levels and energy consumption in their energy advice work. Wireless sensors are placed around a home and the data collected is analysed and used to advise householders. CSE now have some kits to lend out to organisations offering energy efficiency advice.

Local Sustainable Energy Assessment Matrix: How good is your local area at sustainable energy? A starting point for any local energy action should be to assess the current ‘state of play’. Until you know what’s already going on and how good it is relative to what could be done, setting priorities risks duplicating effort or missing obvious opportunities. That’s why CSE has created the Local Sustainable Energy Assessment Matrix – a paper and pen assessment tool to help community organisations, local authorities or anyone else who is interested to benchmark their area’s current performance and identify and prioritise opportunities for improvement.

Onshore Wind Guidance for Community Energy Groups from the Centre for Sustainable Energy: Changes to the planning regime in 2015 mean that onshore wind will only be granted planning permission if the proposed development site is in an area identified as suitable by a Local or Neighbourhood Plan. The Centre for Sustainable Energy have a guidance document to help community groups identify suitable areas for onshore wind development in their Neighbourhood Plan.

Common Concerns About Wind Power: A popular booklet exploring common concerns about wind power. The second edition is now available online.