Derbyshire Councillors Votes to Oppose Shale Gas Plans at Marsh Lane

On 5th February Derbyshire councillors voted to oppose an application for shale gas exploration at a public enquiry. The application was the first concerning shale gas to come before the council and concerned a site at Bramleymoor Lane in the village of Marsh Lane. The meeting took place following a refusal by INEOS, the company who submitted the application, to allow the council more time to decide on the application following. The decision will now determine the council’s stand at a public enquiry into the shceme in June. It was the fourth time in a fortnight that a council in England had opposed onshore gas plans.

Nottinghamshire Community Energy Share Issue Open

Nottinghamshire Community Energy (NCE), which owns a solar array at Colston Bassett, has opened a share issue. This is your chance to own shares in a local, community-owned renewable energy project. The share issue closes on 31st March:

Places Available on Torrs Hydro Study Tour

We have some places available on our Study Tour of Torrs Hydro.

Saturday 17th March

10am - approx. 12pm
Torrs Hydro, New Mills
Organised by Marches Energy Agency/Community Climate Action Network
A chance to visit one of Britain’s first community-owned hydro projects and hear from those who made it happen. Torrs Hydro is owned by more than 200 local shareholders, sells the power it generates to the local Co-operative supermarket and has given grants to many local community projects. Come and meet ‘Archie’ (the single archimedes screw turbine) and hear from some of the volunteer Directors who make the project happen. This tour is specifically aimed at those who are thinking of starting their own community-owned renewable project (whatever source of power you’re thinking of using) and would like to get inspiration and advice from those who have already done it. Book your place: 
We have a small fund available to assist with travel costs to the event, if travel costs would otherwise be a barrier to your attending. Please email Caroline Harmon for more information:



March Newsletter Out Now

Our March 2018 newsletter is out now and crammed full of the latest news on climate change action in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Read it online.

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Contribute to a State of the Sector Survey on Community Energy 

Community Energy England is conducting an online survey to help it understand the start of the community energy sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is seeking responses from community groups with existing or in-development energy generation or low carbon initiatives. The results will be crucial in influencing government policy over the next 12 months and will help to raise awareness of the importance of community energy. The research will also feed into the ongoing work to support and aid communities to develop their own low carbon projects.

If you are a member of a community energy organisation please take part in the survey: If your organisation took part in last year’s State of the Sector please do not use the survey link above. Your organisation will be provided with a tailored survey. The survey closes on 23rd February.


This will be the second consecutive year that CEE has conducted a study. The State of the Sector report that resulted from last year’s survey can be found here.