Welcome to the 70th 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
Friends of the Earth focusing locally and nationally
Last week FoE held a very useful conference on climate change, communities and local councils. A report on this will be available soon. In the meantime, check their work on this at: www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/climate/get_serious/info.html
Climate Minister Greg Barker was there defending the FITs cuts. One angle he used was the need to prevent excessive profits. He seemed less ready to tackle other profits: another FoE campaign launched this week points out that the ‘Big Six’ energy companies made £8.55bn profit in 2010 (something of the order of a million times more than a domestic PV system will generate!). FoE have also launched their ‘Final Demand’ campaign to rein in the energy companies – see www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/final_demand_info_32893.html
Anyone looking for a level playing field for community energy should check this campaign put and support it – most basically by signing the petition but there’s plenty more to do.
More on FITs
Discussions on the FITs changes continue. Some solar manufacturers and installers are planning a legal challenge to the way the government has made these changes. Meanwhile, as per last week’s newsletter, LCCN and others are in discussion on our response to the consultation and in particular on what a ‘community tariff’ might look like. We will produce a note on this for your discussion via out website.
The Planning and Climate Change Coalition (PCCC) is continuing with its work to influence planning policy to reflect the impacts of climate change. A letter will go to the Prime Minister with our concerns over the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) – this will be covered next week.
New briefings on community energy
The Community Innovation in Sustainable Energy (CISE) project has recently launched three new Research Briefings.
They are available at: http://www.grassrootsinnovations.org/Grassroots_Innovations/Briefings.html.
The CISE project is researching the spread of sustainability innovations in the community energy sector. We are a team based in SPRU at the University of Sussex, and CSERGE at the University of East Anglia. These briefings are the latest in an expanding series that reports on issues, insights and preliminary results that arise as the CISE project progresses. We are really grateful to all the people active in community energy for their help with our research.
Research Briefing 9: What Lessons Get Shared? Case Studies of Community Energy.
This research briefing by Tom Hargreaves reports on a content analysis he did of 113 community energy case studies produced by support, advocacy, and policy organisations. The analysis confirms the diversity of the sector, and sheds light on some of the lessons and experience conveyed through case study reports.
Research Briefing 10: Intermediation in Shifting Contexts: Interviews with Community Energy Actors.
In this briefing, Sabine Hielscher summarises in-depth interviews with 15 intermediary actors working in the field of community energy. The themes identified cover the roles that intermediaries have been developing in recent years, and which have had to adapt to both shifting policy contexts and the evolution of community energy.
Research Briefing 11: Community Energy Scenarios: More than scenes from a fortune teller’s ball.
Jin Park reports on future scenarios for community energy developed by participants in a workshop she organised in the summer. Participants were asked to consider what form, extent and roles community energy might play under four future scenarios. The four broad energy scenarios were originally developed by the UK Foresight panel on energy in the built environment, and the briefing here provides some finer grained consideration of community energy.
Job available at COIN
The Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN), where LCCN is based is looking to appoint a ‘Carbon Conversations Manager’
Do you want to help people across the UK to cut their carbon footprint?
COIN is recruiting a dedicated project manager, with strong marketing and communication skills, to develop the Carbon Conversations programme in order to realise Carbon Conversations’ full potential across the country, both in terms of geographic reach and in accessing new groups and sectors of society. Carbon Conversations is an engagement process of six friendly, practical meetings to help participants halve their carbon footprint.The successful candidate will have proven marketing and publicity skills, be an excellent communicator, preferably with experience in community mobilisation programmes, as well as have sound project management skills. £26,000 FTE, pro-rata, initially 3 days per week, based in Oxford. For further information including the full job description and application form, see http://coinet.org.uk/about-us/employment.
Deadline for applications: 5pm, 21 November 2011
Greening The Green Deal events
As you know the Green Deal is a massive opportunity to reduce our carbon output, create warmer more comfortable homes, and create jobs. The consultation document will be out soon and so we have set up conferences across the country to give you a voice to shape this policy for our country. We must make sure that the keys are in the policy = communities and local jobs. You can find out more information on the website (www.greening-campaign.co.uk) where there is an overview document about the Green Deal.
Please send any questions to Terena@greening-campaign.co.uk and book tickets on-line.
If we are serious about reducing Climate Change – this is an opportunity to really make a difference – DVD Greening The Green Deal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZvSyJ1wHTY
For more details click here
The ‘Big Society’ goes green
The Blacon Community Trust, a social enterprise in Chester is the latest winner of Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. They has been very active on sustainability and climate issues and led work on Sustainable Blacon’s Low Carbon Communities Challenge. This does show that despite some of those working on the ‘Big Society’ seeing environmental action as confrontational and only done by small groups, when it comes to real positive action we are where the change is happening!
Do you want to be a featured group on the LCCN website?
We have started a new featured groups page on the LCCN website here. The first up is Community Action Groups (CAG) check the page out if you want to find out more about them.
If you’d like to be featured on the website, send us some text now. This should be broadly structured like this:
- Who we are
- What we’re doing
- How we involve our community
- The results we’ve achieved
250 words max, and please include a photo and logo.
Please email your details to – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com
Or you can download the membership form by clicking here.
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