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Green Homes Grant | CCAN Zoom 18.08.20

 

SEE UPDATE -  https://bit.ly/2ELjLtC    

On our last community Zoom (Tuesday 18th), we discussed the new Green Homes Grant scheme (GHG).

GHG is new government voucher scheme in England, worth about £2 billion, that will enable households to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Vouchers up to £5,000 will be available to households provided they make a minimum contribution of 33% of the cost of upgrades. Low income households will be able to apply for vouchers of up to £10,000 with no household contribution required. Funding (£500 million of the £2 billion) will also be available to Local Authorities in England to support the upgrade of homes for low income households in their areas. See Green Home Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme

Please find below a PDF of the slides used during the Zoom (brief summary of GHG) and a summary of what was discussed.

After the Zoom, Chris Ring (Transition Belper)  kindly shared a copy of the letter he wrote to Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister for Business Energy and Clean Growth, urging publication of, and action on, the findings of the recent consultation on new building standards. 

Please feel free to circulate.

 

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GHG_CCAN Zoom notes 18.08.2020.pdf128.41 KB
Urging action in the light of consultation - Rt Hon Kwasi Karteng MP 14 August 2020.pdf147.59 KB

Progressive Communications Network Press Training

The Progressive Communications Network is a programme run by NEON’s Comms Hub to support press officers working in groups and organisations that campaign about progressive and diverse issues.

They offer basic press training aimed at press officers from grassroots organisations who want to learn basic skills needed to get media coverage for their cause or campaign. Depending on how much you/your organisation can afford, cost range from £0 to £150.

The next workshop will be delivered online on Thursday 17th September, from 9am to 4pm. Deadline for applications is midnight on Thursday 27th August.

For more information and/or to apply: https://bit.ly/30vDPYQ   

Onshore Wind Development Support

The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has developed a step-by-step guide to help community groups identify suitable areas for onshore wind development in their Neighbourhood Plan. Includes guidance on 'constraints mapping', suggestions for approaching community involvement and a recommended template for a wind policy.

https://bit.ly/3i8Vbkh

Fantastic Homes Exhibition 

Fantastic Home exhibition is a mobile energy efficiency exhibition – a “house on wheels” – which aims to engage visitors in energy topics (e.g. efficiency, generation, fuel poverty, climate change) in a fun, interactive and engaging way. 

The Fantastic Home is owned and operated by Marches Energy Agency, an independent charity supporting communities in the Midlands. 

Subject to COVID- 19 restrictions, it is available for hire for community groups and local Authorities.  Previously, they have visited concerts, fairs, city/town/village centres, schools and offices.  Please send booking enquires to advice@mea.org.uk.

Meanwhile, you can watch a virtual tour of the van: https://bit.ly/2PkPovR 

Dr Bike free bike adjustments, HVCA 's 'Bike Bus' demonstration, XR Nottingham's bike-friendly action and more...

Local News In brief  (August 2020):

  • Dr Bike provides free bike adjustments and repairs on the first Saturday of the month at Queen's Park north car park. Slots can be booked here 
     
  • 9 Innovative agri-tech projects in the UK will benefit from a £24 million government investment. This includes a Nottingham – based project which recycles carbon dioxide into sustainable animal feed:
    https://bit.ly/39W2hpo
     
  • Hope Valley Climate Action (HVCA) carried out a 'Bike Bus' demonstration - starting from Grindleford and ending at Hope Valley College:  
    https://bit.ly/3gutdyZ
     
  • On Saturday 25th July, over 60 cyclist took part in XR Nottingham's bike-friendly action despite heavy rain: https://bit.ly/3fuHcna