LCCN Newsletter – Issue 62

Welcome to the 62nd LCCN newsletter! These come to you regularly with updates on what the Network is doing, other developments and, if you tell us, what you’re doing. We’re keen to find contributors who could send us an update (monthly?) on whats happening in their region that may be of interest elsewhere. And please forward this to anyone who may be interested, reminding them that they can get their own copy at: www.lowcarboncommunities.net

£ for Your Community
To help build the ethical energy supply sector and provide an easy stream of funding for community groups and Local United. Local United has teamed up with three leading ethical energy suppliers (Good Energy, Cooperative Energy, and Green Energy UK) to offer community groups the chance to benefit financially from their members switching to one of these suppliers. This scheme allows every community to benefit from the link to these energy suppliers and generate somewhere around £500 to £2,000 each year for their own aims without each community needing to negotiate an individual deal for themselves. We will work with each community group providing marketing material and operational support to help them recruit their members to the scheme. 
With five out of the “big six” energy suppliers announcing price rises in the past few months now is the right time to be considering a more ethical alternative. All of the suppliers we are partnered with take pride in the fact that they don’t have a confusing array of tariffs with short term deals but instead offer their customer consistently competitive rates with clear pricing structures.
To find out more and to register your community please visit:
http://www.localunited.net/community

Who are Local United?
Local United was founded by a group of social entrepreneurs who all have experience working within community groups to get new social ventures off the ground. Local United was set up with the aim of helping communities to replicate the successes of existing social ventures by providing support, mentoring and practical advice to community groups wishing to set up their own social ventures that tackle peak oil and climate change. For example community wind projects, sustainable transport and local food initiatives.



Climate Reality
What can change in a day? Everything. On September 14th, the world will focus its attention on the truth about the climate crisis. For 24 hours, we will all live in reality. Pick a faraway place or a city near you. Make it yours for one day. We’re hitting every time zone — but only once. 7 p.m. in your time zone. Choose a location and get involved.
For more information visit the website – http://climaterealityproject.org/
Moving Planet Day
Moving Planet will be a day to put our demands for climate action into motion—marching, biking,
skating — calling for the world to go beyond fossil fuels.
WHY: 
For too long, our leaders have denied and delayed, compromised and caved. That era must come to an end: it’s time to get moving on the climate crisis.
WHERE:
 All over the world.
WHEN:
 September 24, 2011
WHO:
 You, your friends, your family, your neighbors
For more info, check the faq on the website – http://www.moving-planet.org/faqs
You can also read the original invitation to Moving Planet here.


Consumer Focus Survey
Consumer Focus is asking for your feedback on microgeneration and the feed-in tariff, and is undertaking an online survey: http://www.rsconsulting.com/consumerfocus
We’re 18 months into the feed-in tariff and Consumer Focus, the statutory watchdog for energy consumers, is keen to get a better understanding of how it has gone for customers so far.  They have been monitoring complaints but now want to get a fuller picture and to hear from those who’ve had positive experiences as well as gathering evidence of where things are consistently going wrong.
The aim is to inform the Government’s review of the feed-in tariff, but also learn lessons for incoming schemes such as renewable heat and the Green Deal energy efficiency scheme.
They would therefore be delighted if you could complete the survey, and also pass it on to anyone else who has been through the process.  The survey takes 15 minutes to complete, and is open until 27 September.



Local Energy Governance
Communities and the low carbon agenda
The UK Energy Research Centre Meeting Place would like practitioners to attend the second day of a researcher/practitioner workshop on local energy governance. This will be held at St Hugh’s College, Oxford starting with a drinks reception at 17:15 on the 3rd October and finishing at 17:00 on the 4th October 2011. Travel and standard accommodation expenses will be covered for academic and third sector participants. The purpose of the event is to bring together researchers and practitioners from around the UK who have a common interest in the governance of local energy initiatives.

For more information click here.

New wind in Japan
Anyone interested in Japan post-fukushima should check this article and video of new wind designs:
http://www.eco-tube.com/v/ENERGY/New_Wind_Power_cheaper_than_nuclear.aspx



Contributors wanted!
We are looking for people to send us stories – local, regional or national – relating to climate and low carbon living. There’s a lot going on out there that we never hear about! We like them short and with a web link, but we can post longer texts on the website. If you fancy helping us develop this resource then drop a note to hello@lowcarboncommunities.net.


Building LCCN – your help needed
This newsletter now goes out weekly to more than 600 people and groups, but we’d like to get it to many more. You can help!

If you find the newsletter useful, why not forward it to other people you know, either in your group or within  your network. Let them know it comes out weekly, it’s free and all they have to do to get it is to join the network…by sending an email requesting a membership form to – membership@lowcarboncommunities.net

Or you can download the membership form by clicking here.

LCCN Facebook page
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Website: lowcarboncommunities.net                                                             13/09/2011

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