Energy Share Awards Made!

Four community groups have been awarded funding in the first round of the Energy Share scheme. Two hydro projects in Hexham and Shrewsbury, plus a photovoltaic project in Barnstaple and a wind project in Edinburgh, will receive funding to make their projects a reality. Almost 1000 groups applied in the first round with future rounds set to distribute millions of pounds.



Want a Car Share in Your Town?

The National Energy Foundation is running an E-Car Club Pilot project on behalf of Sustainable Ventures. The aim of the project is to test the feasibility of implementing an electric car share scheme within selected communities across the UK. Initially six to eight communities will be selected to be surveyed. These will then be narrowed down to three to take part in the trial in the first half of 2012.
Anyone interested in taking part in the study, and potentially in the trial itself, should complete NEF’s online survey


Funding Available for Community Buildings

The Community Sustainable Energy Programme (CSEP) has opened a new round of funding. It will accept applications for capital grants for heat generating technologies and energy efficiency measures on community buildings until 29th February 2012.



Biomass Power Station on Site of Former M1 Cooling Towers

A biomass power station is to be built on the site of the famous former cooling towers close to the M21 flyover near Sheffield. Formerly used to generate power from coal, the site will now have a biomass power station which will use waste wood to provide energy to homes and businesses. The £120m renewable energy plant will be set near the site of the old Tinsley Towers, adjacent to Meadowhall, and when operational will generate up to 30MW, enough to power 40,000 homes, by converting recycled waste wood into electricity.

Presentations from Engaging Communities in Low Carbon Planning Events

Presentations from two community events delivered in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in October are now available online. These events aimed to help communities understand and influence local planning decisions on renewable and low carbon developments in their areas. Guest speakers included Patrick Allcorn from DECC and representatives from local community renewable projects.