Community Energy Film ‘Wind of Change’ Released

A Stirlingshire village have released a short film telling the story of how they became the
first village in the UK to enter a joint-venture agreement with a wind farm developer.

Currently this project generates around £30-50,000 a year to be spent in the community.
Once they have paid off the loan they took out to start the project, they will have around
£400,000 a year to spend. To date the money has been used to provide half of the houses
in the village with free insulation, with future project plans which aim to make the village
carbon neutral.

The film can be viewed online: or ordered on DVD from

Local Groups Gather to Learn About Low Carbon Planning

A total of around 50 people gathered at two low carbon planning events in Newark and
Matlock earlier this month to learn more about how to bring community-owned renewable
to their area, as well as how to adapt to climate change. The event was organised by the
Centre for Sustainable Energy in partnership with Marches Energy Agency.

Members of local community groups gathered with local planners, local authority climate
change and energy officers and elected members to take part in a number of interactive
workshops, including a chance to explore the Plan Local Model –a four metre by one
metre fictional town with lots of environmentally friendly features.


Comments from the day included:
• ‘Great range of speakers, topics, exercises and info-many thanks for such a rich
and enjoyable day. Keep up the good work!’ – Climate Change Officer, Local
• ‘A good balance of speakers and content. Would have taken months of research to
have achieved this myself.’ - Community Group Member
• ‘An excellent event, informative and participative and very enjoyable.’ – Community
group member

All community groups represented received a free Plan Local pack – a folder full of
practical exercises, information sheets and DVDs to help groups plan and launch a
community owned renewable. Any community group can download or order this pack for

Anyone who missed the events has the opportunity to attend the same event in Corby,
Northamptonshire on Friday 28th October or Leicester on Saturday 29th October. For more
information contact:

Derbyshire Eco Centre Courses

Various dates

The Derbyshire Eco Centre – one of the county council’s adult education centres - is
holding a number of eco-themed courses this autumn, including topics as diverse as
building a house from wood and making jewellery from recycled materials.

Farming Renewable Demonstration Workshops

Various dates and locations across the East Midlands: see website for more details

Each event: 9:45am-1:15pm

£10 per person, advance booking essential:
Organised by The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group in partnership with ICE

A series of workshops across East Midlands for farmers and landowners on reducing
energy costs and increasing income through renewable technologies. This is a great
opportunity to find out how renewables could help you save money on farming costs,
secure your energy supply, diversify your business and understand your carbon footprint.
The workshops are based at farms across the region where you can see the technology in
action. Expert speakers will present on: Energy Efficiency & Carbon Audits, Overview of
Renewable Technologies, Demonstration of Featured Technology.

Free Business Energy Monitoring Kits in Derbyshire

Are you a Derbyshire-based small or medium sized business looking to reduce your energy usage and cut your bills? Then Derbyshire County Council can help you with free energy monitoring kits available to borrow for 12 weeks. The kit includes a real time monitor, separate plug-in monitors for individual pieces of equipment, monitoring forms and climate change and energy management guides. The aim is to help you know what energy you’re using and where so that you can then use less.
To arrange a loan contact your local Derbyshire library or call 01246 207207 to arrange collection from the Chesterfield Commerce Centre. For general enquiries about the scheme email or call 01629 538304.